The Iran deal is touted by supporters as a success for delaying, by a few short years, the time needed for one hostile country to achieve the industrial-scale facilities required to produce large numbers of nuclear weapons plus delivery capabilities via ICBM. In the broader picture, this agreement puts an end to the nonproliferation regime painstakingly built and maintained over decades by the UN Security Council, the U.S., and allies. It guarantees a complete breakdown of nonproliferation efforts by legitimizing uranium enrichment and plutonium-producing heavy water reactors for any country willing and able to develop or purchase the technology.
In this wake of congressional abdication or presidential veto of a disapproval vote, we can expect to see many additional nations clamor for and build up their own enrichment facilities and reactors. This will happen in particular in the volatile Middle East, but elsewhere, too. How can we deny them what has been conceded to Iran? Will we have the wherewithal to impose the same intrusive regime on all of them that is, absurdly, claimed by Obama and Kerry to guarantee that Iran will not sneak out or break out to a bomb? Will we have sufficient intel assets to make sure not one is extracting plutonium from reactor rods on the sly?
It is ironic that President Obama once expressed a dream to rid the world of nuclear weapons. In fact, his policies will usher in an age of unchecked proliferation. God help our children.