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" (, 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.

Why We Should Never Forget Benghazi

On the night of September 11, 2012, elements of al Qaeda launched a well-coordinated attack on the poorly defended U.S. consulate in war-torn Benghazi, Libya. The attack was the culmination of the Obama Administration’s disastrous foreign policy for the region, which could best be described as democracy promotion through thoughtless regime change. Ambassador

By | 2018-09-10T22:25:14+00:00 September 11th, 2018|

Is Trump’s Cabinet Undermining His Agenda?

Bob Woodward’s new book, Fear: Trump in the White House, has exposed something constitutional scholars might, at best, call outright insubordination. At worst, it amounts to an incidental coup by several former and current Trump Administration advisers. Then again, Woodward’s book may just be another unsubstantiated torrent directed against a president who offends

By | 2018-09-06T21:51:26+00:00 September 7th, 2018|

Holding Turkey Accountable

The increasingly autocratic government of Turkey has lost its mind. Or, at least, it has returned to its historical form. Under Turkish strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the country has slipped away from a nascent form of democracy into an autocracy informed increasingly by Islamism. Whereas Turkey was once a bulwark against Soviet Communism

By | 2018-08-26T12:56:23+00:00 August 26th, 2018|

Remember Mollie Tibbetts

Democrats say “love trumps hate,” and they're not wrong—at least, not for the reasons they think. Donald Trump won in 2016 precisely because love trumps hate—the love of a parent for her children; the love of people for their community; and the proper love citizens have for their country. Those people—62 million Americans,

By | 2018-08-21T23:25:51+00:00 August 22nd, 2018|

Give Diplomacy a Chance in Venezuela

For the last 20 years, Venezuela has been a major threat to the United States in the Western Hemisphere—outstripping even the threat of Castro’s Cuba—because of its oil wealth, rabid anti-American leadership, and its support of global terrorism (namely, Iran’s Hezbollah). Now, however, the country’s economy has imploded. Meanwhile, the entire society is

By | 2018-08-09T21:05:46+00:00 August 9th, 2018|