US officials express alarm over Bahrain crackdown

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration expressed alarm and displeasure Thursday over a violent crackdown on anti-government protesters in key US ally Bahrain as a wave of political upheaval moved across the Middle East.
US President Barack Obama supports peaceful protesters as Mideast nations deal with a wave of political upheaval, White House press secretary Jay Carney said, but the president also does not want to dictate a political outcome in Bahrain.
Carney told reporters that the government of Bahrain should observe universal rights, including the right of peaceful assembly.
"We simply think it is the wrong way to go," he said of the violence. "We think our voice matters in this, and that's why we have been very clear in stating our opposition and our disappointment and displeasure with the use of violence."