June 3, 2015 | NPR

Debate: Is Obama’s Iran Deal Good for America?

It's been 70 years since a nuclear bomb was used in war, but in spite of that passage of time, it still has a great deal of relevance as a strategic construct even if they are unlikely to ever be used. Countries that possess nuclear weapons can pursue a more aggressive projection of power and a more aggressive foreign policy than they might be able to do otherwise.

Critics fear that a recent deal between the U.S. and Iran on nuclear weapons does not go far enough and, instead of being a benefit, would strengthen Iran's hand in the Middle East. Is this agreement a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to halt nuclear proliferation, or does President Obama have this wrong?

Before the debate, 37 percent of the audience at the Kaufman Music Center in New York voted in favor of the motion, while 19 percent were opposed and 44 percent were undecided. After the event, 50 percent agreed with the motion and 43 percent disagreed, and 7 percent were undecided, making the team arguing against the president's deal the winners of the debate.