True, as "Putin" said, a USofA attack on Syria would violate international law. That, of course, never stopped us before, at least since the Reagan invasion of Grenada. Well, we can forget most of it. Let's just get on to the good part.
It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy. Their policies differ too.(I left out the part about "the Lord's blessings," and how "God created us equal." Coming from the alleged Putin, you know that's pure bullshit.)
Anyway, we're not "exceptional," except, if by "exceptional," you mean exceptionally under the thumbs of the military-industrial and finance industries. Americans should just stop feeling so goddamned "exceptional," because we're just the same stupid grunts who live everywhere else.