Two things, also, about the Obama administration claiming to only sell Bahrain materials that cannot be used against the protesters:
1. So they say. Who the **** knows what they sold. Even if they did sell them tear gas and the like, they wouldn't say it publicly for fear of stirring up even more bad feelings. Far as we know, that's exactly what they did.
2. It doesn't matter one way or the other. If you continue to do dealings with these people, you (a.) legitimize them, and (b.) they suffer virtually no consequences from using terrible force against their own people. The only way to go against a country willing to shit all over us is to enforce an embargo. I know we have a lot of military dealings with them, but those don't necessarily have to change. Just stop enriching them more than you have to.