As you may recall, back in July of 2009 three Americans were apprehended on the border of Iraq and Iran after going over the border from Iraqi Kurdistan to Iran. Iran accused them of being spies and put them under arrest.
Since that time the three have been kept imprisoned and Iran maintains its assertion that they were spies. US says that Iran crossed over the border into Iraq and apprehended them. The mothers of the three were allowed to visit them a few months ago.
The lone female in the group was released, on a charge that had $500,000 bail (it is unclear if this sum was even paid though), after negotiations with Swiss and Omani diplomats.
If the other two will be released remains to be seen.
I didn't make it!
Didn't we go into Panama because of something like this happened? Seriously, why haven't we sent in DEV-GRU or the 1st-SFOD-D?
Panama was invaded because of the US falling out with General Noriega.
I'm not too sure such an action like that would work too well in this context. Considering Iran's role in the Middle-East the United States wouldn't want to do such a brazen action if they don't want to upset their position in Iraq even further. Further more the United States doesn't have sufficient proof to say this was a brazen abduction, so Iran can still claim defense of its borders in accordance with their laws.
The US doesn't have the same leverage it has with Iran that it did with North Korea, where it was able to have Bill Clinton get back two journalists and more recently Jimmy Carter getting back some missionary who was in North Korea. The US isn't in the same position to do the same with Iran.
Who goes hiking in the middle east, then on top of that accidentally crosses into Iran?
That's like saying, I was trekking through a minefield, then suddenly one blew up! Surprise surprise.
I too've been skeptical of what business they were having in the area they were caught at. If I'm not mistaken they were taken near Ahmad Awa, a place I've also been to, and no one including the locals goes to the mountains overlooking it as it is the border.
So they were either feeling adventurous and wanted to try to go into Iran or do some "guerrilla" reporting shit, or something else (who knows, even spying?). It wasn't aimless hiking. Like you said they can't act surprised if this ended up happening.