STEPHANOPOULOS: What does civil war look like?Later, George Will even questioned whether Iraq can truly be said to have a government:
WILL: This. This is a civil war.
Now, does Iraq have a government? Let me just postulate the question. A government exists when it has a reasonable monopoly on the legitimate use of violence. As long as the militias are out there, the existence of an Iraqi government is questionable. Think of Los Angeles. If Los Angeles said the Bloods and the Crips are going to be tolerated, they’re going to be armed and police their areas and enforce the law in certain areas, what sense would Los Angeles have of government?More at ThinkProgress