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.

Trump’s Iran Decision Is Already Paying Off

The Iran deal has been killed. With it, Iran’s grand designs for regional hegemony are badly wounded. President Trump’s decision last week to withdraw from the deal comes at a time when the Iranian economy is suffering the effects of a decades’ long decline. After the Obama Administration secured its ill-advised executive agreement

By | 2018-05-14T14:58:06+00:00 May 14th, 2018|

American and French Interests Do Not Align in the Middle East

The French came to Washington. They saw, but they did not conquer. America’s relationship with France may be its oldest, but it is certainly not its strongest—and no amount of creepy kisses and awkward hugs between French President Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump could ever change that reality. This is particularly true now

By | 2018-05-03T09:06:09+00:00 May 2nd, 2018|

Obama’s Failed Legacy: Unaffordable Care and Iran’s Nukes

Ronald Reagan famously quipped that the trouble with liberals “is not that they’re ignorant. It's just that they know so much that isn’t so.” Reagan’s words aptly describe former President Barack Obama. Obama was an intelligent, well-educated, articulate man. He could woo crowds with soaring rhetoric and pacify True Conservative™ “intellectuals,” like David

By | 2018-05-01T12:41:59+00:00 May 1st, 2018|

Trump Gives Merkel Some Tough Love

On the heels of the near love fest between French President Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump, the White House hosted a meeting with a rather frigid German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Trump publicly (and appropriately) lambasted Germany for its unwillingness to live up to its NATO commitments. The president also beautifully ripped into Merkel

By | 2018-04-29T12:26:39+00:00 April 29th, 2018|

American Greatness in the Mideast Means Protecting Israel

The American-led Middle East order is collapsing. Rival powers and regional actors now jockey for position in the region, in an attempt to form the next order there. While America’s position as the de facto regional hegemon has imploded, we still retain an immense amount of power—and, through our traditional allies in the Sunni

By | 2018-04-27T11:41:22+00:00 April 27th, 2018|

The Cost of Doing Nothing About Venezuela

The War Party in Washington, D.C. is demanding yet another American-led “humanitarian” military intervention, this time in Syria. Yet, for all of their virtue signaling against the evil of Bashar Assad (and he’s certainly not a good guy), there is a shocking degree of silence about the collapsing totalitarian, rogue regime to our south,

By | 2018-04-22T14:40:16+00:00 April 22nd, 2018|

Bomb Assad But Bring the Boys Home

Recent events have dragged the Syrian civil war once again to the center of the world’s attention. The first of these events was the recent meeting in Ankara, Turkey with Turkey’s leader, President Recep Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Conspicuously absent from that meeting was any representative from

By | 2018-04-09T18:03:08+00:00 April 9th, 2018|

Trump Needs a ‘Taxpayer Bill of Rights’

The recent passage of the omnibus spending bill did serious damage to Donald Trump’s presidency. Politically, it harmed his standing with at least half of his base. Thankfully, political crises present new opportunities to make up for past mistakes. And we are still far enough out from the November midterms that disappointments can

By | 2018-04-06T12:37:33+00:00 April 6th, 2018|