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.

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|

Confronting China: America Needs Japan, India, and Australia

When President Donald J. Trump was elected, one of his first decisions was to fulfill an early campaign promise: he abandoned the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement that the Obama Administration negotiated. The reason for withdrawing was simple: it disproportionately would have harmed American middle-class workers and their already-ailing communities.Yet the decision to remove the United

By | 2018-08-05T14:39:40+00:00 August 6th, 2018|

Trump’s Transactional Worldview is a Benefit

President Donald Trump is not playing three-dimensional chess while everyone else is playing checkers. Certainly, compared to his rivals—Republican and Democrat alike—the president is running circles around them. But the political feats that Trump has been performing are rooted in common sense. If anything, Trump has disproportionately benefited from the efficient combination of

By | 2018-08-01T00:15:05+00:00 August 1st, 2018|

War with Iran is Coming

In recent weeks, two seminal events have occurred that make war with Iran more likely. First, Iran (currently struggling with growing domestic unrest because of the horrific economic conditions in that country) has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz. Second, Iranian-backed Houthi Rebels in Yemen have attacked two Saudi Arabian-flagged oil tankers

By | 2018-07-28T22:44:14+00:00 July 29th, 2018|

Peter Strzok’s Affair is a National Security Crisis

FBI agent Peter Strzok held one of the most important national security positions in the entire bloated federal government. Strzok was the chief of the counterespionage section of the FBI. While working in that capacity, Strzok oversaw the FBI’s much-maligned investigation into Hillary Clinton’s personal email server. Strzok’s fingers were in several other major

By | 2018-07-15T05:27:59+00:00 July 15th, 2018|