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.

America is Losing the Education Race Against China—Bigly

We are no longer living in the unipolar world of the immediate post-Cold War period. This is especially clear when it comes to observing the nearly 30 years war the Chinese Communist Party has waged upon U.S. economic interests—using the very free trade so worshiped by our elites as a cudgel to diminish

By | 2017-09-15T11:33:47+00:00 September 12th, 2017|

Unstoppable Easternization?

The Financial Times’ Gideon Rachman has written an excellent new book, Easternization: Asia’s Rise and America’s Decline from Obama to Trump. “The central issue,” Rachman argues, “is how the rise in Asian economic power is changing world politics” and we need to “understand how the governing elites of the big global powers see

By | 2017-09-02T14:06:03+00:00 August 30th, 2017|

Picking Up the Pieces of the Trump Agenda

Donald J. Trump campaigned on a necessarily radical approach to governing: he would listen to the vast majority of the American people and enact policies that would benefit them. The most important elements for Trump’s agenda were tougher immigration laws; revitalizing the economy and renegotiating bad trade deals; an America-first foreign policy; and

By | 2017-09-01T15:55:32+00:00 August 29th, 2017|

A Blank Check for Afghanistan

The trouble with the new (or, rather, not-so-new) Trump Administration war plan for Afghanistan is that it’s a loser. Sure, the president gets high marks for finally talking about “victory” in Afghanistan—after 17 years of seemingly endless warfare, it’s nice to hear the word mentioned. Yet, for all of the talk of victory,

By | 2017-08-27T07:46:10+00:00 August 24th, 2017|

Don’t Let Venezuela Distract from the North Korea Crisis

President Donald J. Trump has marched headlong into another escalating crisis—this time with the imploding Venezuela. And this one is altogether avoidable. Although the growing unrest in Venezuela threatens to destabilize Latin America, it appears the president believes he can link the troubles there with the showdown with North Korea. This is a

By | 2017-08-15T18:51:17+00:00 August 12th, 2017|

Trump Just Gave In to the Swamp Creatures and It’s Ugly

President Trump on Wednesday signed legislation sanctioning Russia for its purported hacking of last year’s presidential election. The new law not only needlessly threatens to escalate an already-tense situation with Russia, it also undermines the separation of powers, as it denies the president the ability to remove those sanctions as he sees fit.

By | 2017-08-14T11:18:07+00:00 August 10th, 2017|

China and Russia Buy Time on North Korea

A shocking event has occurred in the meandering psychodrama of America’s relationship with North Korea: the world’s great powers have unanimously voted to intensify sanctions against the Hermit Kingdom, as Kim Jong-un continues to push his nuclear weapons program. The United Nations Security Council—which includes North Korea’s two biggest benefactors, China and Russia—seems

By | 2017-08-10T10:58:00+00:00 August 7th, 2017|