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Etan Thomas Responds

The Etan Thomas saga continues. If you missed our last trip down this path, Etan Thomas spoke out to The Nation about the use of wounded vets as inspiration for Team USA, and Tom Knott laid into him in the Washington Times. Etan called me last night and told me to expect his further response today. You can read it here, to the tune of more than 1,000 words. He should be a blogger.

Key point:

With all the casualties -- both U.S. soldiers and Iraqis -- and the fact that there's a civil war on the brink between the Shiites and the Sunnis, it does not appear we will be able to bring our troops home anytime soon. Yet there is nothing, apparently, that the Bush administration would have done differently. And they pretend to care about the soldiers.

Life is precious. And the lives of our soldiers, our heroes, even though they signed up to defend their country, are precious as well.

I would have been happy to talk about any of this with Knott personally. But, instead of talking to players, he cowers in front of his computer and offers up feeble prose and limp, ill-informed opinions. It was Confucius who said, "No investigation, no right to speak."


By Dan Steinberg  |  September 22, 2006; 3:02 PM ET
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Nice job, Etan. Knott can be an utter buffoon sometimes (most of the time). Even that column's opening graf is ludicrous: "Etan Thomas supports the troops but not the war in Iraq, which is not unlike supporting the Wizards but not the games in the NBA."

Frankly, Knott, that doesn't follow. Like Etan, I support the troops, but I don't support this war. The two are not mutually exclusive. I wish the troops well in a war in which they shouldn't be involved. It's not their fault they had to go to Iraq. They're in the Middle East because of the deception of one our country's worst presidents. The situation would be different if the troops themselves declared the war on Iraq. Then, Etan couldn't have it both ways. But the soldiers were thrust into a situation over which they had no control. Additionally, bringing up Etan's contract and performance is childish and petty. I guess when you never have good material, you'll use any dirty trick in your arsenal.

Posted by: Yay, Etan | September 22, 2006 3:56 PM | Report abuse


Thomas copied it from DailyKos, Atrios, DU, and other assorted nutroots websites. The only things he left out were "stolen elections", "hacked voting machines", and "never elected President."

Knott told him to live up to his contract, Thomas says "Knott hasn't been in the locker room to talk to me." That's his retort? That's a "zing"? That is as pathetic as Thomas' 6.2 points 4.9 rebounds per game.

Posted by: Caps Nut | September 22, 2006 4:01 PM | Report abuse

While I agree with CapNuts assessment of Thomas's play, I like his writing style- I am a regular reader of the "nutroots" group even if I don't agree with much of what they say. CapNuts, I fail to see where Thomas has "quoted" them, unless that is your stock response to someone opposed to Operation: Constant Carnage. Etan, get off the court and step up to the podium: We need men like you to run for office, not the clowns currently there!

Posted by: CPTerp | September 22, 2006 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Thomas's play has nothing to do with the debate. It shouldn't even arise as a legitimate point. It's hardly a Zing. It's more like a, Huh? If people are assailing his basketball stats, it demonstrates to me that they're avoiding the real discussion because they have nothing pertinent to offer.

And, as Thomas Jefferson has said, "If the game runs sometimes against us at home we must have patience 'till luck turns, and then we shall have an opportunity of winning back the principles we have lost, or this is a game where principles are at stake."

I'm glad Thomas is being vocal because he's right: Silence is the enemy of democracy.

Posted by: Colin | September 22, 2006 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Why should Knott visit the locker room? Staying away seems to be working so well for Jay Mariotti.

Posted by: DevilGrad | September 22, 2006 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Oh, you want answers to Thomas' claims? Alright, he quoted Russert's question to Cheney about funds for Homeland security. I'll quote Cheney's answer, which Thomas left out.

Five years, no attacks. How much safer could we be?

Thomas is hardly a visionary.

Posted by: Caps Nut | September 23, 2006 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Let's pat that administration for five years and no attacks. How about that big one, though, in 2001? How about the fact that the president continually reminds the American people that we aren't safe? Bush is a joke.

Posted by: Colin | September 23, 2006 3:50 PM | Report abuse

"Five years, no attacks. How much safer could we be?"

C'mon Caps Nut, that's the best you can do? You don't honestly believe that?

The Simpsons did an episode where a bear wondered into Springfield and the town became upset because they felt the town was being overrun with bears. So Mayor Quimby set up a Bear-Control system complete with stealth planes to keep the bears out of Springfield. Later when Homer gets his paycheck it is shorter than normal because of the "bear-tax." Homer goes onto complain about the bear tax saying: "Let the bears pay the bear tax, I pay the homer tax." Lisa than reminds him that it's the "home-owners tax." ANYWAYS, to the point. Homer than says the "Bear Patrol" must be doing its job because he doesn't see any bears around. Lisa than picks up a rock and says since she doesn't see any tigers around, the rock she has just picked up must be keeping the tigers away. Homer than goes on to buy the rock from Lisa.

Just because there haven't been any attacks since 9/11 doesn't mean that Bush and Co. are completely responsible for that. See how the applied analogy stated above applies here?

Posted by: Chief Clancy Wiggum | September 25, 2006 4:40 PM | Report abuse

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