At his news conference this afternoon, President Barack Obama said that "the United States and the international community have been appalled and outraged by the threats, beatings, and imprisonments of the last few days" in Iran.
He added that "I strongly condemn these unjust actions, and I join with the American people in mourning each and every innocent life that is lost."
The Democratic president has been criticized by some Republicans, including 2008 GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain. They say he hasn't spoken out forcefully enough to condemn the crackdown in Iran on those who say its June 12 election was rigged in favor of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Obama today defended his administration's response and said it has been consistent.