Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Bahrain a "model partner" in December, but as the protests heat up and the crackdown hardens, Washington is slowly taking a harder line.
"We call on restraint from the government to keep its commitment to hold accountable those who have utilized excessive force against peaceful demonstrators and we urge a return to a process that will result in real meaningful changes for the people there," Clinton said.
Elsewhere, protesters returned to the streets after Friday prayers in Cairo today.
This time, however, it was to celebrate the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.
It has been exactly a week since the former president stepped down amid protests that started Jan. 25.
People massed in Tahrir Square for what they called a victory march, complete with a military marching band celebrating the revolution and Murbarak's resignation.
It was a sea of red, white and black and the Egyptian flag was carried with pride.
One of the most influential Sunni clerics, Sheikh Qaradawi, led Friday prayers in Tahrir. He previously was banned from entering the country under Mubarak and was instrumental in urging the Egyptian people to rise up against the regime.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.