There’s no way to know what kind of deal could have been struck with Iran because we’re stuck with the deal that was. But we do know that, instead of preventing an Iranian bomb, we’ve endorsed one after the deal runs out.
We didn’t get any of things that we were told were necessary to prevent an Iranian nuclear weapon – unlimited inspections, suspension of enrichment, destruction of non-allowed infrastructure, dismantlement of their ICBM program – none of it. The inspection of suspect sites will be done by Iran (?!), who will forward samples to IAEA. Enrichment will continue. Non-allowed infrastructure will be stored in “secured” facilities. ICBM R&D will continue after eight years – and, as a non-nuclear bonus, the embargo on conventional arms trade will be lifted after five years. What did we get? A nuclear arms race in the midst of a kinetic religious reformation.
The hostages and nukes got equal treatment from this administration – both got kicked down the road for somebody else (anybody else!) to deal with. I’m hoping that when Iran detonates its first ObamaBomb, the president will have the decency to return his Peace Prize.