By Ann Curry, NBC News Anchor
This morning's report in the New York Times, saying U.S. officials believe Israel has carried out a major military exercise for a potential bombing attack on Iran should have every other news organization scrambling.
More than 100 Israeli F-16's and F-15's were involved, according to the Times, carrying out long range strikes over the Mediterranean, and Greece, last June.
A high ranking cleric in Iran reacted, saying both the U.S. and Israel would receive a "strong slap in the face" if such an airstrike were to happen.
Also in reaction, oil prices rose three or four dollars a barrel at one point today.
So why is this report not playing big on the news cables and wires?
I worry news organizations are sensing that as Americans become increasingly self focused, struggling with worries about the economy, we are less interested in the troubles of the world.
We don't have to look back too many years to see the folly of this sort of myopia, so let us all hope we are instead rising into a citizenry that can handle the truth all over the world, if for no one else, our children.
We will tonight tell you about the economy, and there is indeed news about Ford delaying production of its once biggest selling truck because of diminishing sales, and also news about the ways people are learning to stretch their dollars.
But in our reporting tonight, we will also tell you what Israeli airstrikes on Iran would mean to the stability of the world.
Whether you want to know it or not, you should.