The partial government shutdown has people across the world taking shots at the United States.

British columnist Con Coughlin wrote this week that, “The longer the Obama presidency continues, the more America's status as a superpower ebbs away.”

Between Benghazi, Syria and the shutdown, there is the perception that the United States is no longer a global superpower. And Texas Republican strategist Matt Mackowiak says perception is reality.

“The world is more dangerous today than it was when President Obama took office,” Mackowiak told KTRH.

And Mackowiak says the shutdown is another reason people across the world have a different and more negative view, of the United States.

“You have diminished capabilities in national security and intelligence when those agencies are not working at full capacity,” Mackowiak said.

But Rice University’s Mark Jones says blaming the shutdown for this would be the wrong thing to do.

“The shutdown is not linked to the decline of the U.S. as a superpower, though I think it reflects a broader trend where the United States is increasingly not playing the role of the world’s policeman,” Jones explained.

Jones thinks the U.S. is still the world's lone superpower.

Shutdown Makes U.S. A Global Butt Of Jokes

“We’re still the one superpower in the world. We’re just less robust than we were 10 to 15 years ago,” Jones said.

And besides, the British have had their issues lately, so how seriously can you really take their criticism?