The President intends to go to the U.N. Security Council with the results of his Iran negotiations; looking for purchase and approval of whatever that Iran nuclear deal may finally look like. China and Russia among others will get their say regarding American policy in advance of Congress having they’re voice.
It should come as no surprise for three reasons. The President is not enamored of Congress, not this one, not the one before. Obama, based on recent executive orders, sees Congress as an inhibition, not a Constitutional necessity. At this point in his Presidency he feels no compunction over sticking the proverbial stick in the Congressional eye. Its power politics; as of late the President has been winning the battles.
The President is, at his core, an internationalist, seeking approval on a wider stage than that provided by America. A weak deal will be approved by Russia and China. By Russia as a conduit for additional contracts with Iran related to nuclear development and by China as China has, at some level, committed to significant capital investment in the Islamic Republic. The approval of a weak deal leading to a reduction or elimination of sanctions is clearly in the self- interest of these two countries.
The European contingent will likely go along with a weak deal for two key reasons. As Bret Stephens graphically points out in his book “America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder” the European love for soft power is actually less love and more realistically the only option left for Europe as they have, for decades, substituted the costs of Social Democracy for the costs of self-defense. Despite a relatively small conflict in Mali France’s unpreparedness logistically forced them to seek U.S. aid. You may also recall NATO running short of (read, run out of) munitions during the operation to remove Kaddafi in Libya. Secondly, Europe has long standing commercial interests in Iran and would like to see sanctions removed as a spur to they’re economies.
It is a long standing fears on the part of many that American foreign policy would be subjected to foreign approval. We now appear to have reached that point in time. The President will attempt to accomplish “binding” resolutions by way of the Security Council and thus take approval of a deal with Iran out of the milieu of Congressional approval and American public opinion. It is a precedent that enemies and friends alike salivate over; to bring the remaining super power to heel.