I don't even get what point he's trying to make.
I think what he was trying to say is that the US wants to be the world leader in terms of freedom and democracy. But since 9/11, what have we really done other than Iraq and Afghanistan. Russia and other countries are having similar problems with terrorists.
There should be a unified front and the US is not taking point. As the situation is unfolding in Boston, more details emerge. And it looks like once again our intelligence community are not sharing info just like 9/11. In any case, what do we do? Try to bring them to the 21st century kicking and screaming or just leave them alone like some isolated tribes in South America who never seen a white man?
Basically, the Europeans want to know is the US gonna led them from this mess like in WWII...?