Guess this semantical issue has risen again, yesterday Matt Lauer called it a Civil War.. today everyone is posturing about whether or not we should be using this terminology. If it looks like, smells like it and tastes like it probably should be named as such... this all ties into Iraq looking to Iran for help in quelling whatever we call this. For the record the White House, does not agree.. Surprise. But I would gather after 4 years into this thing, the road from the airport to Bagdad is still not secure may give us a hint that things are not going well.
WARD: In response to todayâ€™s attacks and snowballing sectarian violence, a curfew has been imposed in Baghdad and the international airport closed to all commercial flights. [11/23/06]
But fear ran high that the fighting would not end, as clashes in Ghazaliya and elsewhere illustrated the inability of Iraqi security forces to rein in the violence that has propelled the country closer to full-blown civil war. [11/27/06]
Abizaid didnâ€™t have much to offer besides faith, hope and the familiar but elusive objectives of stabilizing the country, reining in sectarian violence and preparing Iraq to manage on its own. [USA Today, 11/16/06]
It was one of the largest mass abductions since the US-led invasion in 2003, startling even by the standards of a nation reeling from sectarian strife, daily bombings, and death squads. [11/15/06]
San Francisco Chronicle:
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki faces intense pressure from the United States to eliminate the militias and their death squads, which are deeply involved in the countryâ€™s sectarian slaughter and are believed to have thoroughly infiltrated the police and security forces. [11/15/06]
As the prospect of civil war in Iraq festers, the U.S. military has identified three options - add more troops, start a graduated retreat or embrace a speedy one - according to a Washington Post account that quoted sources familiar with the written Pentagon options. [11/26/06]