I ran into that phraseology more than once in my journey through my Globe and Mail this Saturday. (Ya, still six dollars and thirty cents from the Korean extortionist.)
Generally speaking, you'll find that morsel when you're reading the ubiquitous apologists for American Empire.
And they're everywhere!
Of course they are... when every media outlet is owned by apologists for American Exceptionalism, did you imagine you would find something else?
But just to mess them up a bit, ask them what rules in the rules based world order allow US forces to be building military bases in Syria today.