a. Being a spy.
b. Going to Iran.
Americans, even dual citizens, should not go to Iran, and it would be a shame if this situation derailed President Obama's diplomatic efforts in the region. Not that I'm very supportive of the means he chooses to employ but I can empathize with the ends he seeks, and I also believe a President should fail not by mere virtue of happenstance but of their own volition.
Having said that, I feel it is appropriate for President Obama to take somewhat of a middle position in regards to this woman's imprisonment. Yes, he should voice his disapproval but only to a certain degree. Why should we sacrifice an entire political agenda for a person who, at the very least, was careless or, at the very worst, really was a spy? Diplomatic relations with Iran effect the entire world and this woman's safety is not sufficient cause disrupt the President's international agenda. Tragic, yes. Unfair, no.
You know this is disturbing, and I tend not to trust anything coming out of Iran's government to be even remotely truthful until it's been corroborated by some other source of information. I am worried about this woman's future.
Here is my take on this. I understand the argument that she may actually be a spy, and I understand the argument that she may have been there without the permission of the Iranian government (which I think is wrong, the issue I believe is she was "working without press credentials"). But even if she was a spy for the U.S., even if she was somehow fomenting dissent among Iranians...she's still an American. And if she was in fact a spy, she was doing her duty. If she was in fact fomenting dissent among Iranians, then God bless her even more.
Would any here argue that the Velvet Revolution in Europe was a bad thing? Did anyone have any issue with the Solidarity movement in Poland? How about the Prague Spring? It been long established that we covertly supported these movements and that we were just in doing so.
So I guess my question is this: Spy or not, why would we not do everything in our power (short of a full scale shooting war I suppose) to bring this woman home?
Has Hillary written a letter to the UN yet?
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)