Veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas, who was the the first female officer of the National Press Club and the first female member and president of the White House Correspondents Association, talks to Paul Jay of The Real News Network about President Obama, Israel's nuclear weapons, and U.S. policy:
The contrast between U.S. treatment of Israel's nuclear weapons and the mere possibility of a nuclear armed Iran is stark. In a recent example of our double standard toward nuclear arms in the region, Caterpillar has announced that it is prohibiting its international retailers from selling equipment to Iran. In the past, Caterpillar has repeatedly dodged efforts to get the company to stop selling militarized bulldozers to Israel--like the D9 bulldozer that killed U.S. activist Rachel Corrie and the bulldozers that were mentioned so prominently in the Goldstone Report because of their role in the destruction of civilian infrastructure during "Operation Cast Lead"--with the excuse that the company can't tell its retailers who to sell to.
So apparently when it comes to Iran, Cat can say no, but when it comes to selling house-demolishing behemoths to nuclear-armed, war crime-committing Israel, its hands are tied.