The State Department wisely started a Twitter feed in Farsi the day before the protests in Iran started. One Tweet called on Iran to allow the protestors to demonstrate as they did in Cairo, strong language meant to help draw the same comparison that the opposition has voiced.
Secretary of State Clinton is also calling for a new government policy promoting Internet freedom, including funding anti-censorship technology. Remember, this is the same Clinton who slipped and talked about her desire for regime change in Iran and then was forced to backtrack.
The Obama Administration also demanded that the Iranian government permit the protests on Monday and the U.S., along with Western allies, condemned the lack of freedom in the country. It didn’t go as far and isn’t as consistent as it needs to be, but it was a far cry from the belated response we saw in 2009.