I'm not sure that "deeply troubled" adequately defines what I'm feeling after seeing videos like this one:
Further, Robert Gibbs today said, "the President is committed to direct engagement with the Iranian government."
Compare that statement with these uttered by Ronald Reagan in 1981 when faced with the Solidarity uprising in Poland:
We view the current situation in Poland in the gravest of terms, particularly the increasing use of force against an unarmed population and violations of the basic civil rights of the Polish people.In 1990, Solidarity triumphed when Lech Walesa became Poland's first popularly elected leader.
Violence invites violence and threatens to plunge Poland into chaos. We call upon all free people to join in urging the Government of Poland to reestablish conditions that will make constructive negotiations and compromise possible.
The people of Poland are giving us an imperishable example of courage and devotion to the values of freedom in the face of relentless opposition. Left to themselves, the Polish people would enjoy a new birth of freedom. But there are those who oppose the idea of freedom, who are intolerant of national independence, and hostile to the European values of democracy and the rule of law.
Two Decembers ago, freedom was lost in Afghanistan; this Christmas, it’s at stake in Poland. But the torch of liberty is hot. It warms those who hold it high. It burns those who try to extinguish it.