OK. So you have the Iranians getting nuclear plants, technology, and uranium enrichment expertise from the Russians. As a result, some fear the Iranians may be using these as components of a nuclear program to develop nuclear weapons. You have these same people warning that if Iran gets nuclear weapons that the Saudis would be next to follow suit thus commencing an arms race throughout the region.
Knowing all these things, and if you believed that they were likely, would you then offer to sell the Saudis advanced nuclear technology and build nuclear power plants for them? Trump apparently would. Keep in mind, that part of this process would involve training the Saudis to enrich uranium to power the reactors, exactly what the Russians have enabled the Iranians to do. Further, there is little stopping the Saudis, once they can enrich the uranium to the necessary 5% to power reactors, from enriching it to the 90% necessary to create nuclear warheads.
In other words, the Trump administration is promoting nuclear proliferation in the Middle East. It wants essentially to start the Saudis on the path to becoming a nuclear-capable state in order to counter Iran’s purported rush to become a nuclear power.
We’ve already done this with the Israelis. Without our support–and the theft by Israeli agents, including Arnon Milchan, of key nuclear technology and materials from our plants–the Israelis themselves could never have developed nuclear weapons (at least not under the expedited timetable which offered them this capability as early as 1967).
What Trump is proposing is not just a terrible idea, it will exponentially increase the possibility of a nuclear war in the Middle East. We already have a nuclear-armed Israel. If the Saudis get WMD, then it will force Iran to do the same. At that point, you will have three nuclear-capable states in the region with another, Pakistan, very close by. Is this really a desirable development in a region prone to be a powder keg even without the inclusion of WMD in the mix?
We all know that the Trump regime is full of bad ideas. And it isn’t afraid of pummeling the American people and the world into submission by not only proposing them, but implementing them. So it comes as no surprise that such a cockamamie idea would be advanced for the Middle East. My only hope is that there will be some members of Congress who will recognize this for the awful idea it is and put a stop to it.