Opinion: Ukraine’s achievement is Biden’s, too

Nicole Tung/The New York Times / A Ukrainian soldier waves to passing buses near the recaptured village of Verbivka, Ukraine, on Sept. 13, 2022. “The staggering victory Ukrainian forces have achieved over Russia is Joe Biden’s victory, too,” writes New York Times columnist Bret Stephens.

This column is rarely short of criticism of the Biden administration. So let me cheer the fact that the staggering gains Ukrainian forces have made against Russia are a victory for Joe Biden, too.

It's not just a matter of Javelin anti-tank missiles and Stinger surface-to-air missiles and HIMARS rocket launchers and M777 artillery and radar-seeking HARM missiles and other advanced systems. It's that we are providing Ukrainians with the kind of battlefield intelligence that enables them to maneuver, target, strike and evade in ways they otherwise couldn't.

What Ukraine initially lacked in overwhelming firepower, the United States made up for in precision. Now, as Russian units flee their positions and abandon equipment, Ukraine may be able to gain at least a temporary advantage in precision and mass.

What to do next?

– Beat the mud.