Abizaid relents

The exchange today at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. [via Steve]

SEN. CARL LEVIN: Do you agree, General, that — with the ambassador from Britain to Iraq that Iraq is sliding towards civil war?

GEN. ABIZAID: I believe that the sectarian violence is probably as bad as I’ve seen it, in Baghdad in particular, and that if not stopped, it is possible that Iraq could move towards civil war.

Is there a sudden realisation in Washington that thing’s aren’t really going that well in Iraq?