I personally believe that many countries, mine included, do NOT believe it is ok to attack USA, and for that matter any country. But do these countries belittle it?
Perhaps yes although I'd rather offer reasons, not justifications, why this is so.
The so-called foreign relations pundits can and will spin it in roundabout ways not only to show they know best but also to ensure that they keep their jobs, and that can be attained for as long as the masses are misled into believing that it is really a complex and complicated affair. It is not.
OIL - no more, no less. The whole world has to pander to the oil-producing counties to enjoy preferential treatment. Oil is a must to continuously rev up the economic engines. In the process, these oil-producing countries became rich almost overnight. They woke up one morning and began believing that the world owes them big time. Long story short, they started to be convinced that they enjoy divine rights, that theirs is the correct way in religion, law, customs and traditions. They demand that all must be Muslim-like when in their countries. This is not so bad and wrong for after all you are a visitor. What is so bad and so wrong is when they go to other countries they refuse to follow the host countries' laws, customs and traditions. And because of the mighty oil nobody is checking them. Spoiled in getting what they want, they fly into violent rage at the slightest excuse, the dessert warriors inside of them seemingly gungho in coming out. The Westerners, particularly the Americans, both not totally exemplary in business conducts, are convenient targets. This is, of course, may be oversimplification, but a hundred pages will not be adequate to examine causes and results. There's a caveat when an examination is undertaken by theoretical bookworms in foreign relations, i.e. more often than not they cause paralysis in analysis, meaning status quo, meaning the Muslims will have their ways. By the way, it looks like only Netanyahu can see the pursuit of Muslim dominance. He is alone in his crusade. Oh well, the rest will be there after the deluge has began.
This will, by necessity, bring me to an unsolicited question or topic. Exactly the same formula. Look at what China is doing now! China is bullying its neighbors and is getting away with it. Why? CONSUMERS & CHEAP LABOR. Whoever scripted globalization must commit harakiri immediately. Whoever forced China to join the WTO must jump from the Eiffel Tower, asap.