We now have a second 'first' for the United States: an Iranian-American citizen, working as a journalist in Iran, is convicted on espionage charges.
The other 'first' was the pirate attack on the Maersk Alabama - the first pirate attack on an American vessel in some 200 years.
Maybe these are random occurrences, and are in no way linked to President Obama's new policy of rapprochement with the Muslim world, especially Iran. Maybe, for example, Iranian hardliners acted to block any improvement in ties with the United States. But maybe it's because Obama's gestures of reconciliation are being interpreted as signs of weakness.
Regardless, let's hope we don't get any more 'firsts' like these ones.