American exceptionalism: point, counterpoint

Andrew Sullivan calls it "fascinating, and perfectly pitched."

The BBC's North America editor says,
Wrong I think. Greece is a country, America is an idea. True, there is Greek influence in the America idea but to compare patriotism with exceptionalism is to miss the point.

It was a great answer in that it was thoughtful and generous and patriotic all in one; but it was the wrong answer. American Exceptionalism stems not from love of country but from the universality of the values of the country.

I'm just surprised Sullivan is so far behind.