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.

Democrats Should Revise Their Hopes for 2018

If there is one thing that the Democrats claim to uphold, it’s the “working man.” Yet when the much-maligned and misunderstood President Trump took to the podium for his first State of the Union address on Tuesday night, the Democrats sat silently while he proudly announced that millions of middle-class Americans are seeing

By | 2018-01-31T11:54:33+00:00 January 31st, 2018|

America Needs a New National Security Act

Congress passed the National Security Act of 1947 in response to the rise of Communism and the Soviet Union’s growing global threat. In general, the postwar legislation is credited with having created our modern national security apparatus. The Department of Defense, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the National Security Council all came to

By | 2018-01-29T13:27:59+00:00 January 29th, 2018|

J’Recuse! The Attorney General Who Wasn’t There

When Donald Trump chose Jeff Sessions as his attorney general, it was to reward the senior U.S. Senator from Alabama for his long-standing loyalty and to help ensure the new president would have a reliable ally in the Justice Department to advance his immigration reform and drug policy agenda. Trump could not have

By | 2018-01-27T15:07:05+00:00 January 27th, 2018|

Republicans: Release the Memo—or Shut Up

A classified, four-page memo outlining misconduct by the Justice Department and the FBI has scandalized Capitol Hill. Congressional Republicans claim the memo proves what President Trump and people associated with his campaign have been arguing all along: that the investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential

By | 2018-01-25T19:11:44+00:00 January 25th, 2018|

Shutdown Shames All of Congress

During the late government shutdown, Republicans kept repeating the talking point that the Democrats were damaging American national security by tying up the budget over the status of 800,000 or so illegal aliens covered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Democrats, for their part, behaved in the manner their

By | 2018-01-22T17:31:04+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|

Another Week, Another Media Hatchet Job

Wendi Deng, the Chinese-American ex-wife of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, is accused of serving Beijing’s interests in the United States. The Wall Street Journal recently published a story reporting how “unnamed intelligence sources” warned Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, about the “threat” his friend Wendi posed. Those same sources claimed Deng wanted Kushner’s

By | 2018-01-17T18:53:47+00:00 January 17th, 2018|

Trump is America’s Plumber

Donald Trump is not an ideological man. He ran by appealing to the sentiments that unite most working-class Americans, much like Ronald Reagan did in 1980. Working-class voters from factory employees to plumbers and electricians appreciated the themes Trump campaigned on during the 2016 election. Promising to “make America great again” through cultural

By | 2018-01-14T18:46:40+00:00 January 14th, 2018|

Why Trump Must Get Pakistan Right

The Trump Administration has rightly acknowledged that Pakistan presents a problem in America’s ongoing (and seemingly endless) Global War on Terrorism. Pakistan—like Saudi Arabia and Iran—is a pernicious proliferator of jihadism. Like Saudi Arabia, however, Pakistan is also a vital ally of the United States. Pakistan has served as a vital logistics hub

By | 2018-01-13T18:33:39+00:00 January 13th, 2018|