The problems I anticipate the Russians having in executing against the Caliphascists points up another reason for anti-Americanism. We’re incredibly spoiled in that things that are so hard for other nations are very easy for us. Our special forces, rather than being worn away by the actions in Afghanistan and Iraq have instead gotten even better. Our regular Army and Marines are doing better as well. We can see this in the gradually rising kill ratios that our forces are experiencing. We’re not in an imperial decline from overstretch but still “getting warmed up” for the ongoing struggle.
This kind of thing disguises just how hard force projection in modern warfare is for established states. This leads to resentment by putative allies (such as France) and fuels anti-Americanism. Domestically it causes “multi-lateralism” which doesn’t work very well in practice because of the inability of pretty much the rest of the world to operate at the American level. Those allies who aren’t with us in Iraq are almost all not just unwilling but incapable of effective force projection. I think Americans would understand other nations better if they had a better understanding of just how exceptional we are.