For those of us who still hope that the surge will work and that defeat will be averted, columnist Tony Blankley has some bleak thoughts:

“As I have been saying for months — and as Sen. Trent Lott said publicly earlier this week — September will be the month of reckoning. And that reckoning may wreck the world’s chance to stave off a Middle East disaster that will probably follow a premature American exit from Iraq.”

Read the whole column.