I think you have changed the subject. No one is saying that we run the country based on other people's opinion. I don't know where you are getting that or what you think I am spinning or what Mexico has to do with the topic. The issue is about diplomacy and how to have good relations with our allies.
On the subject of diplomacy and good relations with our allies, I said that I thought it was funny how some people who didn't care about other countries opinions and said as much in a very non diplomatic fashion are all the sudden taking on other peoples diplomacy to task. I thought it very ironic and still do.
BTW - It is my opinion that we are representing the United States whether we are talking to a diplomat or a citizen. Peoples opinions are formed not just by our leaders but by us as individuals.
The statements that I recall people saying that they didn't care about other countries' opinions were directly linked to policy decisions, particularly about the decision to invade or continue operations in Iraq. If we had listened to other countries' opinions, we would have pulled out well before the Iraqi's could govern their own country. That wouldn't have been in our (or the Iraqi's) best interests, IMO. It had nothing to do with diplomacy.
Obama and the Democrats made it about diplomacy when they said we have to repair strained relations with other countries. If this is his idea of repairing strained relations, we're in big trouble.