American Exceptionalism Is a Dangerous Myth
This is true.
Over the past 40 years, this myth has been a license for brutality and plundering on and scale that rivals the height of the British empire:
But it would be more accurate to say that this is who we’ve too often been. This hateful sociopath, immune to all human sentiments save fear and greed, devoid of all principles save a will to power, incapable of seeing the world from anyone’s perspective but his own — this is who we were to the peasants of Vietnam, and to the people of Jacobo Árbenz’s Guatemala, Salvador Allende’s Chile, Mohammad Mosaddegh’s Iran, João Goulart’s Brazil, and so many other fragile republics yearning to breathe free.
Two of the three DC area airports, Dulles and Reagan National, are named after psychopaths.
There is nothing more horrifying than a people who believe that God is on their side.
Guess who coined the term. It wasn't an American.
IIRC, it was Alexis Charles Henri Clérel, Viscount de Tocqueville.