I've had my fill of anti-American speeches, toasts to "God Fcuk America", and the disclaimers after someone has lambasted my country: "Oh, but Shamash, I don't see you as American." But I am.
In "On French Fries and Being American" I write,
Being an American ex-pat is both a blessing and a curse. The blessing is that we get to have a broader view of the world than most stateside citizens. The curse is that we have to deal with the looks of distaste and the ensuing anti-American monologues when we tell people we’re from the U.S.
In “Hey Brits, you’re more American than you know” for The Times, Andrew Sullivan discusses the similarities between The U.S.A and Britain, the rise of anti-Americanism in the U.K., and how some of the biggest critics of America are Americans themselves. Perhaps the growing anti-Americanism in Britain has its source in the growing similarities that exist between the two countries. Perhaps in criticizing the States, Brits are criticizing themselves.