It appears that the Obama Administration is doing everything they can to support our enemies like Iran and disadvantage our allies. So it is only common sense that we restrict ALL American travel to Iran including those who may hold dual American-Iranian citizenship. Until Iran is no longer at war with the United States and no longer a sponsor of state terrorism, Americans should not be allowed to visit Iran, period!
Iran Travel Warning
Last Updated: August 22, 2016
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Iran.
This replaces the Travel Warning for Iran dated March 14, 2016, to reiterate and highlight the risk of arrest and detention of U.S. citizens, particularly dual national Iranian-Americans.
Foreigners, in particular dual nationals of Iran and Western countries including the United States, continue to be detained or prevented from leaving Iran. U.S. citizens traveling to Iran should very carefully weigh the risks of travel and consider postponing their travel. U.S. citizens residing in Iran should closely follow media reports, monitor local conditions, and evaluate the risks of remaining in the country.
Iranian authorities continue to unjustly detain and imprison U.S. citizens, particularly Iranian-Americans, including students, journalists, business travelers, and academics, on charges including espionage and posing a threat to national security.
Iranian authorities have also prevented the departure, in some cases for months, of a number of Iranian-American citizens who traveled to Iran for personal or professional reasons. U.S. citizens traveling to Iran should very carefully weigh the risks of travel and consider postponing their travel. U.S. citizens residing in Iran should closely follow media reports, monitor local conditions, and evaluate the risks of remaining in the country.
The U.S. government does not have diplomatic or consular relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran and therefore cannot provide protection or routine consular services to U.S. citizens in Iran.
The Swiss government, acting through its Embassy in Tehran, serves as protecting power for U.S. interests in Iran.The range of consular services provided by the Foreign Interests Section at the Swiss Embassy is limited and may require significantly more processing time than at U.S. embassies or consulates.
The Iranian government does not recognize dual citizenship and will not allow the Swiss to provide protective services for U.S. citizens who are also Iranian nationals.
The Iranian authorities make the determination of a dual national’s Iranian citizenship without regard to the dual national’s personal wishes. Consular access to detained U.S. citizens without dual nationality is often denied as well.
The Iranian government continues to repress some minority religious and ethnic groups, including Christians, Baha'i, Arabs, Kurds, Azeris, and others.
Consequently, some areas within the country where these minorities reside, including the Baluchistan border area near Pakistan and Afghanistan, the Kurdish northwest of the country, and areas near the Iraqi border, remain unsafe.
Iranian authorities have detained and harassed U.S. citizens, particularly those of Iranian origin.
Former Muslims who have converted to other religions, religious activists, and persons who encourage Muslims to convert are subject to arrest and prosecution.
Bottom line …
As Einstein famously said, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome.” It appears that the progressive politicians on both sides of the aisle will never learn. Restrict all travel to global terrorist hotspots and we can prevent innocents from being taken hostage. And, should an American be taken hostage, respond with the United States Marines or special forces. The hostage may not survive the rescue attempt, but there will be a lot fewer terrorists on hand to grab the next American. It’s like the old story of the Russians who were taken hostage. The Russians grabbed a relative of one of the terrorist leaders and sent him back in a box one piece at a time – and now they do not take Russian hostages. I am not saying we need to engage in that level of brutality – simply kill everyone in the government hierarchy in the vicinity if they do not surrender the hostage on demand.
It is about time that they find out that America is far tougher than the pussified Obama and his cadre of appeasers.
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius