Brandon J. Weichert

About Brandon J. Weichert

Brandon J. Weichert is a geopolitical analyst who manages The Weichert Report. He is a contributing editor at American Greatness and a contributor at The American Spectator . His writings on national security have appeared in Real Clear Politics and he has been featured on the BBC and CBS News. Follow him on Twitter at @WeTheBrandon.

Avoiding Britain’s Dead End Foreign Policy Fate

In 1902—just a few short years after Queen Victoria’s momentous Diamond Jubilee celebration and at the height of British imperial power—London was fretting about its strategic position. British strategists, according to the late Oxford historian Michael Howard, were concerned that year about “Imperial weakness: of commitments all over the world to be defended, of well-armed

By | 2019-12-01T21:59:31-07:00 December 1st, 2019|Tags: |

Make Alberta American?

Canada doesn’t make sense from a geopolitical perspective. Think about it: geopolitics “provides the link between geography and strategy.” Geopolitics also seeks to “establish the links and causal relationships between geographical space and international political power, for the purpose of devising specific strategic prescriptions.” Canada is a huge country geographically—the world’s second-largest behind Russia—but it’s

By | 2019-11-25T18:21:42-07:00 November 23rd, 2019|Tags: |

America Should Not Abandon the Arctic

From the end of the 19th and throughout the 20th century, Russian leaders believed that rapid, mass industrialization would modernize Russia, and make their country competitive with the West. Yet, Russia (and, later, the Soviet Union) was never able to match the productive powers of the Western states. By 2000, as George Friedman assessed, “Russia

By | 2019-11-17T21:39:07-07:00 November 17th, 2019|Tags: |

A Catwalk in Space

This year has been an historic first for American women in space. Not only has an American female astronaut committed the world’s first cybercrime from space (directed against her wife—so stunning and brave!) but the world was also treated to NASA’s first all-female spacewalk. Of course, the pesky patriarchy at NASA reared its ugly head,

By | 2019-10-23T22:02:33-07:00 October 20th, 2019|Tags: |

‘Orange Man Bad’ Becomes Foreign Policy

Have you noticed an uptick in the appearance of a specific talking point from the political and military elite about President Trump’s recent drawdown in northern Syria? It goes something like this: Yes, the president was in a tight spot in Syria—caught between Turkey, a NATO ally, and the Kurds, who we were allied with

By | 2019-10-18T08:58:20-07:00 October 17th, 2019|Tags: |

Turkey’s Return to the Mideast Threatens Iran

Going back to the time of the Ottoman Empire, which ruled from present-day Turkey and presided over a dominion which stretched across much of the Middle East and parts of North Africa, the Muslim world was divided between two sides of the Islamic coin: the first was that of the majority Sunnis and the second

By | 2019-10-15T22:47:17-07:00 October 12th, 2019|Tags: |

Democrats Don’t Care About Democracy

Last week, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) took center stage to become the withering face of the ongoing Democratic Party push to impeach their great bugaboo, President Donald J. Trump. As she closed her meandering remarks, Pelosi invoked America’s greatest moderate, Benjamin Franklin, when she reminded audiences that Franklin was asked by an

By | 2019-10-09T18:27:32-07:00 October 9th, 2019|Tags: |

Impeachment is Not About Trump, It’s about Protecting the DNC from their Voters

The Democrats now believe they have finally caught their White (or, possibly, orange?) Whale, Donald Trump. Congressional Democrats claim that President Trump violated election rules by asking Ukraine’s president for his assistance in investigating the Biden family’s potentially corrupt dealings in Ukraine during the time Joe Biden was vice president. Regardless of whether there is

By | 2019-10-05T19:59:37-07:00 October 1st, 2019|Tags: |

Let’s Hope Trump Doesn’t Tweet Himself Out of the Oval Office

Politics cannot be divorced from culture. Many people are wedded to the misperception that, in a democratic society, we elect leaders who are somehow better than the ordinary voter. In fact, democratic societies tend to elect leaders who are, in most ways, a reflection of the voters themselves. Since political leadership in a republic is

By | 2019-09-15T18:04:51-07:00 September 15th, 2019|Tags: |

Never Forget How U.S. Intelligence Failed You

The September 11, 2001 attacks were the result of an unmitigated intelligence failure. No, 9/11 was not an “inside job,” as many conspiracy theorists believe. Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaeda network were responsible. But the 9/11 plot did not happen in a vacuum. In reality, America’s elephantine national security state had known of bin

By | 2019-09-11T21:02:19-07:00 September 10th, 2019|Tags: |

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