A Ukranian-born U.S. citizen who is running for Congress is pinning a lot of the blame for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on President Joe Biden and his administration, Fox News reported.
The woman making this argument is Karina Lipsman, who is currently running for Virginia’s 8th Congressional District.
Lipsman grew up in Ukraine when it was still a part of the Soviet Union. At 8-years-of-age, she left Ukraine for Baltimore, Maryland, with her single mother, who wanted to give her daughter the kind of opportunities that she would not have gotten in Soviet-ruled Ukraine.
Lipsman went on to become a U.S. citizen at 18, and, after graduating from school, she spent a decade working in the U.S. defense industry where she has held some of the highest security clearances in the intelligence community and the Department of Defense.
“We could have acted”
Lipsman has recently argued, persuasively, that the Biden administration failed to “do everything in its power to prevent” Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Lipsman, like countless others, pointed out that, “in terms of what happened, the crisis did not develop overnight.” Lipsman, of course, is referring to the fact that the Biden administration knew for many months that Russia was preparing an invasion of Ukraine, yet it took no preemptive steps.
“We had intelligence for months that we could have acted on that said Russia was going to invade, and we had all these possible scenarios that we could have played out – the least likely of which was that full invasion by Russia into Ukraine … which is exactly what we’re experiencing right now,” Lipsman said.
Lipsman added that the Biden administration had “the time, the intelligence, the capabilities” to prevent the invasion. She also pointed out that “even the Ukrainian government” pleaded for help.
But, Lipsman argued that the Biden administration “did not do much to prevent that least likely scenario from happening.”
Lipsman went on to point out just how “devastating” Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is.
She said that the situation has left Ukrainian and Russian Americans feeling “powerless on a personal level.”
Lipsman also opined that, if Russia does seize Ukraine, the U.S. is “going to have a really difficult time supporting Ukraine.”