Brandon J. Weichert

About Brandon J. Weichert

Brandon J. Weichert is a former Republican Congressional staffer and national security expert who now runs The Weichert Report,, an online journal of geopolitics. He holds Master's degree in Statecraft & 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.

China is Taking Afghanistan—at U.S. Expense

Americans didn't fight and die in Afghanistan so China could extract its copper. The Chinese military is conducting joint operations with the Pakistanis and Afghan security forces along the Chinese border, according to recent reports. The targets are jihadist elements, particularly a budding presence of Islamic State and other like-minded groups operating in Afghanistan.

By | 2017-04-03T05:34:04+00:00 March 11th, 2017|

China Just Blinked In Korea

In the aftermath of the assassination of Kim Jong-un’s half-brother, Kim Jong-nam, and the brutal murder of several highly placed North Korean leaders, Kim Jong-un has signaled to his Chinese benefactors that he cares little for their opinion. You see, these people were associated with China. In fact, it was assumed that Kim Jong-nam was

By | 2017-03-08T14:27:00+00:00 March 8th, 2017|

Deficits Do Matter

When former Vice President Dick Cheney nonchalantly quipped to former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill that “deficits don’t matter,” every fiscal conservative and anti-war liberal set their proverbial hair on fire. Under President George W. Bush, a modest surplus left behind by his predecessor was spent away on ill-advised entitlement programs, the mismanaged wars in Iraq

By | 2017-03-07T15:54:39+00:00 March 7th, 2017|

Nationalism Never Died (We Just Ignored It)

The rise of Donald Trump, last year’s Brexit vote, or the rise of alternative Right parties (such as Germany’s Alternativ für Deutschland and France’s National Front parties) all represent nationalistic movements. They may take different forms, but the concept of globalism has taken a pretty serious hit these last few years. In this morass, the

By | 2017-03-05T16:28:53+00:00 March 5th, 2017|

George W. Bush and Political Stockholm Syndrome

“Stockholm Syndrome” is defined as “feelings of trust or affection felt in certain cases of kidnapping or hostage-taking by a victim toward a captor.” Watching the recent George W. Bush interview with Jimmy Kimmel, is there any greater illustration of this definition on display? A man so many of the Left in Hollywood had been

By | 2017-03-03T13:50:43+00:00 March 3rd, 2017|

Donald Trump Hasn’t Changed—And That’s a Good Thing

When President Donald J. Trump walked into the Capitol on Tuesday evening to give his first speech to a joint session of Congress after his first month in office, the mood among the political establishment was apprehensive. Before the speech, the news cycle churned with stories about how the president was set to moderate his

By | 2017-03-01T00:57:17+00:00 March 1st, 2017|

Trump Needs to be Trump Tonight

Hours ahead of President Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress, the usual talking heads are on hand to offer their usual clichéd and conventional political wisdom. Just as they did in the campaign after he won the primary, the legacy media has a unified message to Trump: become “presidential.” This was the

By | 2017-02-28T13:37:23+00:00 February 28th, 2017|

The Democrats Have Chosen Defeat

It’s official. After a contentious election, the Democratic National Committee has chosen its next chairman, former Obama Labor Secretary Tom Perez. With Perez, the Democrats indicated they will be abandoning their extreme left-wing base and, in so doing, relegating themselves to being the party of entrenched, wealthy special interests and preferred minority groups. The interests

By | 2017-02-26T13:13:04+00:00 February 26th, 2017|

Trump’s Governing Agenda: It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint

The agents of the status quo are at it again. CNN host Fareed Zakaria’s recent op-ed in the Washington Post excoriates President Trump for his administration’s “lack of forward movement.” Zakaria took to the Post’s pages to compare Trump’s administration with the motion of  a rocking horse. Zakaria cautioned Trump’s supporters not to “confuse motion

By | 2017-02-21T15:25:11+00:00 February 21st, 2017|

China Doesn’t Want a Better Deal

Donald J. Trump campaigned on a platform that he was going to make the greatest deals imaginable for the United States. According to this view, he rightly criticized the way that China has cheated the United States. In fact, he appointed Peter Navarro to be the head of the White House National Trade Council. In

By | 2017-02-18T07:48:03+00:00 February 18th, 2017|