That’s the implication of his remark, yeah. But surely the Sunnis had/have the most to lose from an American pullout, and it only makes sense that an election-year result in favor of the pullout party at a time of heavy violence would have an impact, among other factors, on the strategic calculus of the tribes.
PS Hillary’s back in technobot mode. Nobody grills her on her willingness to leave us in Iraq until 2012. But I get the feeling that nobody has to. She’s been eclipsed.