For a guy who’s not a fan of certain foreign leaders, Barack Obama sure does place a tremendous amount of trust in the good will of other nations. For legacy-building purposes, for example, the administration trusts that Iran will police its own nuclear ambitions – or as John Kerry might put it, enter into a nonbinding agreement that is also not based on trust. And the same goes for the Chinese, who we will soon have to trust so the president can get his legacy-building global-warming deal.
As it’s been reported, Obama is working hard to nail down what he hopes will be one of his “signature achievements:” a wide-ranging global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. If all things go according to plan, the agreement will be signed in December. And as with most of the president’s triumphs since 2010, this one will be nonbinding and unenforceable, accomplished with unprecedented executive fiat. If he keeps this up, Obama’s single most notable achievement will be circumventing checks and balances with more regularity than any president in history.