A current senior official at the State Department was a key component of President Obama’s operation to sell the Iran nuclear deal to the American people under false pretenses. Chris Backemeyer, who serves as deputy assistant secretary for Iranian affairs under Sec. Rex Tillerson, was intimately involved in convincing public and private agencies of the Iran deal’s supposed merits.
As part of his duties under Obama, Backemeyer — as the U.S. principal deputy coordinator for sanctions policy — traveled throughout the country (and the world) hoping to convince multinational corporations to do business with the theocratic Iranian regime. Moreover, he was “the lead sanctions negotiator” in the P5+1 talks that resulted in the disastrous Iran deal.
Right now, Backemeyer is the highest-ranking official at the State Department when it comes to Iran policy.
Backemeyer reassured mega-companies such as Boeing that investing in Iran was a safe bet, while at the same time the Iranian regime was exporting its caliphatist ideology across the globe. Iran is the world’s foremost state-sponsor of international terrorism. The dictatorship in Tehran funds and aids several terrorist groups throughout the Middle East and the world at large.
The Iran deal was a windfall for Tehran. As part of the deal, Iran received an estimated $100-plus billion in assets for agreeing to stop its rapid nuclear development. But that hasn’t quite worked out. In fact, the Iran deal gives Tehran an accelerated path to a nuclear weapon. In the end, Chris Backemeyer helped charter a deal that served as a lifeline to a regime that was in dire straits due to a flailing economy (further compounded by international sanctions).
Last year, it was revealed that President Obama paid a $1.7 billion ransom to Iran for the release of American hostages. Testifying before Congress on the matter, Backemeyer misled the American people, claiming that the money would go to serve “the critical needs that Iran has had.” Instead, some of the cash was handed over to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, the group responsible for conducting Iran’s worldwide terrorist operations.
Last year, the State Department official spoke at an annual confab hosted by the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), a group that many Iranian dissidents consider to be a front group for Tehran. NIAC, with its deep ties to the regime, consistently pans skeptics of the deal as warmongers.
— Chris Backemeyer (@chrisbackemeyer) September 25, 2016
The group is known for its attacks on Jewish leaders and pro-Israel institutions. In 2015, NIAC published an arguably anti-Semitic advertisement in The New York Times, alleging that supporters of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are disloyal to America. In a recent op-ed, NIAC’s leadership alleged that a group of Jewish leaders are responsible for an apparent anti-Iranian climate in America.
Backemeyer is far from the only prominent Obama-era official to maintain his position at the highest echelons of the State Department.
Michael Ratney, who is currently in charge of the Israeli-Palestinian portfolio at the State Department, was one of John Kerry’s closest confidants in the former secretary of state’s demonization campaign against Israel.
Sahar Nowrouzzadeh, who was another driving force for Obama’s Iran deal, is currently in charge of Iran and the Persian Gulf on Secretary Tilllerson’s policy planning staff.
Why Rex Tillerson continues to allow for so many Obama loyalists to retain their posts in the State Department remains a mystery.
Jordan Schachtel is the national security correspondent for CR. Follow him on Twitter @JordanSchachtel