From the annals of perception-management (WP):
“What we’ve seen is a serious effort by them to foment civil war, but I don’t think they’ve been successful.”
–Dick Cheney on CBS’s Face the Nation
“We are losing a day as an average 50 to 60 people throughout the country, if not more. If this is not civil war, then God knows what civil war is.”
—Former Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi (who is of course no more a disinterested party than is Cheney, but who does seem to have the evidence rather more on his side) talking to the BBC.