Of course Bill Clinton was successful in getting Euna Lee and Laura Ling released from prison in North Korea. Word is Kim Jong Il told the women months ago he would let them free if they got a high ranking government official like Bill Clinton to fly halfway across the world to meet with him. For his part, the former president refused to go unless he could guarantee he would successfully negotiate their release. This whole trip was cooked from the beginning. The Obama Administration keeps stressing that this was a private trip, but it is obvious private citizens cannot enter North Korea without harsh consequences. Things that make you go hmmm.
Question: both women admitted in a phone call with Lisa Ling they knowingly crossed illegally. Skiers who knowingly go into avalanche zones then have to get rescued have to reimburse certain municipalities for the costs associated with their rescue. Should these two women be responsible for the costs associated with obtaining their release? If they made that statement of their own free will and it is true, should they have to apologize to the United States for all the trouble they caused? Should the same hold true for those backpackers who recently crossed into Iran?