If only this author's beliefs in American exceptionalism were true but unfortunately they are not. America is not nor has it been the light on the hill unless you also agree that the light has been hidden under a bushel for centuries. Remember "Manifest Destiny"? Now that is a true sign of exceptionalism, US style. Think of "full spectrum dominance", that is also a sign of exceptionalism US style. No Sir you are very, very mistaken in your definition of American exceptionalism. As I said, if only it were true.