Is Iraq in a civil war? The CIA knows -- but it's a secret.
The guys who put the "un" in -- or actually in front of -- "intelligent," have come up with a super, double-secret definition of "civil war" and shared it with the intel committees on Capitol Hill. The CIA has worked out a definition for letting us know if or when Iraq is actually experiencing a civil war. They just don't want to share that information with the general public.
From what Newsweek has been able to piece together from their sources, the CIA considers Iraq too chaotic to be in a civil war.
In other words, a civil war would be an improvement for Iraq. (Newsweek)