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The Game hits back at Abu Aardvark!

FP‘s own Marc Lynch got a ton of attention (and rightly so!) in the blogosphere and the MSM for his brilliant post on what the beef between Jay-Z and The Game can teach us about American hegemony. It was only a matter of time before the participants themselves weighed in. (This is The Game we’re ...

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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - NOVEMBER 13: American rapper The Game performs during the Road to MAMA (MTV Africa Music Awards) concert tour at Standard Bank Arena November 13, 2008 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

FP‘s own Marc Lynch got a ton of attention (and rightly so!) in the blogosphere and the MSM for his brilliant post on what the beef between Jay-Z and The Game can teach us about American hegemony. It was only a matter of time before the participants themselves weighed in. (This is The Game we’re talking about.)

A reporter in New Zealand asked the L.A. rapper, currently on tour, to respond to Marc’s post: 

In a recent Foreign Policy article, George Washington University Professor Marc Lynch, likened the feud to the battle of global hegemony — with Jay Z in the role of the United States, and The Game as the “erratic wildcard”: Iran and North Korea.

The Game asks for an explanation of why that’s not a favourable comparison, before likening Lynch to Greenland — isolated from the top writers in the world — and Jay Z to Iceland “coz he’s gone cold”.

The Game should be wary. Marc’s got a lot of friends in the D.C. foreign-policy blogosphere and they don’t play. Matt Yglesias and Spencer Ackerman have already weighed in. Here’s Ackerman:

The Game is treating a reconcilable as an irreconcilable. He’s like Abu Musab al-Zarqawi! Marc Lynch is a middle-class, fence-sitting Sunni Iraqi — surely an academic — in Diyala or Anbar or Baghdad, judiciously able to see both sides of the U.S. and AQI feud and not particularly inclined to throw his lot in decisively with one or the other. And here’s The Game, trying to humiliate Marc in public for apostasy or cut his fingers off because he enjoys a cigarette. Defeat sets in right there. Soon will begin Marc Lynch’s Awakening. Which is a good name for a mixtape. 

Like I said, Abu Aardvark rolls deep.

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