Possible Middle East nuclear arms race looming on the horizon

Iranian missile on parade during Army Day.

According to Benjamin Netanyahu and the Republican Party, the possible Obama nuclear deal with Iran is a disaster in the making. According to Barack Obama and the Democrats, the possible accord with the Islamic Republic is the best hope of keeping the mullahs and the ayatollahs out of the Nuclear Club.

As reported by Fox News on March 3, 2015, the Israeli Prime Minister’s speech before Congress is ramping up both the rhetoric as well as blood pressures inside the D.C. Beltway. The essence of Netanyahu’s almost 45 minute speech was that Obama’s negotiations with Iran were nothing less than a “bad deal” in the making which “paves Iran’s path to the bomb” and could lead to a “potential nuclear nightmare.” Not done yet, the man nicknamed “Bibi” also stated the Obama deal with the jihadist nation “doesn’t block Iran’s path to the bomb. It paves Iran’s path to the bomb.”

The other side of the aisle wasn’t exactly thrilled with the leader of the Jewish State speaking before Congress with a differing opinion. According to Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.), “I resent the condescending tone.” The Representative from the Blue Grass State accused Netanyahu of “fear-mongering” and mere minutes after the speech ended, added: “Now he can go home.”

Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) also had some rather harsh things to say of the visiting leader, “If you can make the people afraid, you can make them do anything,” he said. “That’s what Prime Minister Netanyahu was doing. He was trying to make people afraid.”

With the dust finally settling, the overall picture of both sides is coming in clearer. If Obama and his political allies are right, peace will reign and Netanyahu and his allies will look like fools. If Netanyahu and his political allies are right, the chances of a nuclear exchange in the Middle East are better-than-average and Obama and his allies will look like fools.

Enter Colonel Derek Harvey, U.S. Army (Retired), who the Tampa Tribunereports on March 3, 2015, that if and when Iran goes nuclear, more than just the Tehran government will be full members in the Nuclear Club. Harvey, currently the Director of the Global Initiative on Civil Society and Conflict center at nearby University of South Florida. According to the think tank honcho, “A nuclear-armed Iran could set off a regional arms race where nations such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey will look to get their own nuclear arsenals.”

Besides the Cold War-era Nuclear Club consisting of the United States; Great Britain; France; Russia; and China, Israel developed their own independently unverified arsenal sometime in the mid-1960s. Fairly recently India, Pakistan and North Korea have also developed their own small, but still lethal stockpile of nuclear armed missiles.

Despite claiming their own nuclear programs exist “to explore atomic energy,” at least nine other predominantly Muslim nations already have their foot in the proverbial nuclear door. Algeria, UAE, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, Syria, Kuwait, Qatar, and Oman are already at various stages of advancing their nuclear technology.

If the worst predictions of Netanyahu and the GOP come to fruition, membership in the Nuclear Club would more than double as a direct result of the Obama Administration’s talks with Iran. Obama has also taken heat from political foes for further adding to the national debt as much as every American president from George Washington to George W. Bush combined.