Is Obama Sidelining Congress on Iran?
Actually, the president’s move to get U.N. backing on the Iran deal is straight out of the Bush-Baker playbook.
As President Barack Obama’s administration continues to make its case to Congress to rally support for the Iran nuclear deal, Capitol Hill is boiling mad that the president first chose to go to the U.N. Security Council for its endorsement. Congressional leaders have been howling that such a move was at best disrespectful of the spirit of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act and at worst, a direct assault on Congress’s constitutional powers.
The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, angrily asserted that the U.N.-first approach has “turned Iran from being a pariah to Congress being a pariah.” And the Wall Street Journaleditorial page thundered that Obama “doesn’t have the authority to let the United Nations dictate to America’s elected representatives.” Secretary of State John Kerry will certainly hear more of these complaints when he testifies before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on Tuesday.
But is this move really out of line?