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.

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|

Is Europe Experiencing Immigration—or an Invasion?

History is replete with examples of the migration of peoples across vast and distant lands. Depending on the numbers and the purpose of the migration, such movements have the capacity fundamentally to alter or even destroy indigenous civilizations and countries. Other times, of course, such movements can empower the native people. It is

By | 2017-12-28T14:22:22+00:00 December 28th, 2017|

We Can’t Understand Chinese Without First Understanding English

For centuries, French was the lingua franca of Europe—the common language, that is, spoken among people with different native languages. Until the mid-20th century, if you were a diplomat from just about anywhere, you spoke French. Today, thanks to the ubiquity of the American economy and culture, English is the world’s lingua franca.

By | 2017-12-20T11:27:49+00:00 December 20th, 2017|