Lately, as I watch the news and read the paper, I’ve begun to wonder if Gary Condit holds a position of power within the Taliban.
How else could you explain the amazing way he’s managed to just slip into obscurity since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 and subsequent war in Afghanistan. He’s disappeared almost as abruptly as Chandra Levy, who, in case you’ve forgotten, was his intern/mistress prior to her disappearance in April.
Also conspicuous by its absence is the media’s coverage of the Levy case. Prior to the attacks, Levy’s face was plastered everywhere, and Condit spent most of his time squirming at reporters’ questions.
While it’s understood that the war is currently the flavor of the month for the media, other big stories are still getting coverage. The economy’s downturn is in the news nearly everyday, as are the Microsoft antitrust cases, and locally, the Rabbi Neulander murder trial. But mysteriously, the Condit/Levy case has vanished.
Which leads me to take the natural step (well, maybe it’s a TINY bit of a stretch) that Condit may well be a Taliban policy-maker. Think about it … Condit sees his political career and personal life in trouble, and if he’s implicated in Levy’s disappearance he could face some serious jail time. Sensing the anti-Western sentiment among his Taliban regime, he concocts an elaborate plan to start a war between the two governments.
OK, granted that during the now forgotten Connie Chung interview Condit came on as a man who probably couldn’t organize his closet much less a multi-national war, but who knows?
And it’s not just the Chandra Levy disappearance that has, well, disappeared.
Not too long ago there was a crazy little presidential election that had the nation up in arms about election reform. Even more recently was the national outcry for the government to cut spending and protect the so-called Social Security trust fund (which begs the question, who REALLY trusts the government with funds?). What happened to all the election reformers who wanted to reign in spending?
They stopped flying, and forced a multi-billion dollar governmental bailout of the nation’s airlines. They stopped complaining about the drain President Bush’s tax cut will cause on the national surplus. And they’ve lost the outrage they had when they found out a middle-aged government worker was having an affair with an intern half his age, and she conveniently turned up missing.
Which again leads back to Condit. The media, and people in general, are very wary of criticizing their government in this time of war. Condit does what every American would do in his situation to avoid possible jail: he has his Taliban cronies start a war with the most powerful nation in history to shift the focus from his actions and create a more pro-government feeling in the United States.
Gary Condit may not be a Taliban official, but it’s kind of ironic, isn’t it?