Perhaps the better question--do we want to be? Really? Here's the link to the article I mentioned during the show today--it speaks to some pretty harsh truths.
I won't argue with the historical fact of American exceptionalism. In the context of how we came to be and how we established out form of government, we really are different than almost every other country. Call that the "little e" exceptionalism. It's the "big E" Exceptionalism that makes me uncomfortable. History has shown that things never turn out well for nations that presume to place themselves at the head of the line, that presume that the way we do things should be right and good for everyone else.