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The war on Iraq catapulted anti-American sentiment to a new height.

However, Arab critics of the US claim that America's plummeting credibility across the world is a reaction to US policies and is not an irreversible sentiment.

Barack Obama, the new US president, has recognised past US mistakes and pledged to emphasis diplomacy over force in resolving global problems.

So, will shutting down the Guantanamo Bay prison be enough to restore America's standing in the world?

Will pulling US troops out of Iraq and launching a robust Middle East initiative succeed in blunting America-bashing?

Our guests this week are Jeremy Corbyn, a member of the British parliament, Toujan Faisal, a former Jordanian member of parliament, and Ann Somerset, a spokesperson for the US bureau of Near Eastern affairs at the state department.

This episode of Inside Iraq aired from Friday, January 30, 2009.

Source: Al Jazeera