“It may be Secretary Pompeo, the ghost of Secretary Tillerson or President Trump himself, but someone in the Trump Administration is wielding the economic might of this country as a foreign policy tool in a manner that has not been effectively utilized by prior administrations.
Considering the costs associated with flexing a strong economy vs. flexing a strong military the country is again put in the position where it cannot lose regardless of whether the Iranian and Venezuelan people overthrow their corrupt governments, whether North Korea disarms or Iraq chooses to distance itself from Iraq.
It’s a Trump pattern that is apparently documented by completely irrelevant tax returns. While the Obama Administration famously claimed the mantra “Don’t do stupid (Stuff)”. Maybe this Administration has stolen the line from the late great Al Davis and his Raiders: “Just win, baby.”