Brandon J. Weichert

About Brandon J. Weichert

Brandon J. Weichert is a contributing editor to American Greatness. A former Republican congressional staffer and national security expert, he also runs "The Weichert Report" (www.theweichertreport.com), an online journal of geopolitics. He holds master's degree in statecraft and national security from the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C. He is also an associate member of New College at Oxford University and holds a B.A. in political science from DePaul University. He is currently completing a book on national security space policy due out next year.

Turkey Is No Ally

Turkey has turned its back on the West. To be fair, we in the West didn’t do much to prevent it. When Turkey sought entry into the European Union, other members balked and resisted—though not without reason. Many Europeans were alarmed by the rise of Turkey’s Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP). The

By | 2017-11-19T13:52:27+00:00 November 19th, 2017|

Stop Griping About Musk, Start Spending on R&D Again

Conservatives are angry about Elon Musk and all of the subsidies his companies receive from the federal government. Musk reaps hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars, whether it’s lucrative contracts for SpaceX from NASA or energy rebates and other incentives to manufacture his Tesla electric sports cars. To many Americans on the right, it

By | 2017-11-17T20:13:34+00:00 November 17th, 2017|

China and South Korea Are Screwing Us (Let’s Return the Favor)

President Trump has demanded that China take steps to counter the growing threat on the Korean Peninsula. Beijing, it appears, is finally answering that call, though not in the way Americans would have hoped. Rather than cut off their errant ward in Pyongyang, Beijing is pressuring the South Korean government in Seoul so as

By | 2017-11-01T12:39:53+00:00 November 1st, 2017|

NeverTrumping to Oblivion

Every few generations, American politics undergoes an intense realignment. Today, America is experiencing a consequential change in its politics. Scholar and writer, F.H. Buckley, refers to the new political coalition forming around Donald Trump as the “Republican workers’ party,” dubbing it a “revolution in American politics on a par with President Richard Nixon’s

By | 2017-10-30T13:26:41+00:00 October 30th, 2017|

Restoring American Leadership to Beat Back ISIS

The United States has enjoyed a major strategic victory in the seeming endless Global War on Terrorism: the Islamic State has been crushed. Oh, you hadn’t heard? That’s unsurprising, because almost none of the mainstream media are giving it adequate coverage. They’re too busy talking about none of the news that really matters,

By | 2017-10-25T14:56:26+00:00 October 25th, 2017|

Deregulate Space

America’s foreign policy, unfortunately, seems to be governed by a latent utopianism. The last 17 years have shown the dangers inherent in a starry-eyed approach to the world. When it comes to space policy, however, the utopian policy consensus—as embodied in the Outer Space Treaty—has been on display for at least 50 years.

By | 2017-10-18T16:53:56+00:00 October 18th, 2017|

Free Kurdistan Now

The Kurds are the largest stateless people in the world. Their population exists in a contiguous territory spanning across  present-day Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran. Historically, the Kurds have been an oppressed people. Iran, Iraq, Bashar al-Assad’s government in Syria, and what’s left of ISIS in Syria and Iraq are all deeply and

By | 2017-10-17T22:12:58+00:00 October 17th, 2017|

America Must Innovate or Die

America is in decline. Since the end of the Cold War—thanks to the fecklessness of our political and business leaders—every single competitive advantage that the United States enjoyed has been methodically eroded by our competitors. In the economic realm, America’s elite convinced themselves it would be acceptable essentially to redistribute wealth and middle

By | 2017-10-07T17:10:13+00:00 October 7th, 2017|