In the July 21 CDT, Ed Ketz argued we should oppose the deal with Iran. I disagree and believe the alternative is much worse.
The goal of the deal is to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon, nothing else. Without the deal Iran has two paths available to build a nuclear bomb. One is to enrich uranium to bomb-grade, about 91 percent U-235.
The deal will prevent this and International Atomic Energy Agency inspections will ensure they will not achieve it.
The second approach is a plutonium bomb using a reactor specifically designed to produce weapon-grade plutonium. Under the deal, that reactor, which was under construction, will not be completed.
Again, inspection will ensure compliance.
Without the deal, Iran would complete the plutonium reactor and would have no limit on the number of centrifuges used to enrich uranium. Both paths to a bomb would become available.
The only way to stop this is to go to war with Iran, a solution we should avoid.
The rest of the world is fed up with sanctions, and the other negotiators would feel we betrayed them. The U.N. has endorsed the deal. No one but the U.S. would impose sanctions, so they would fail.