What Explains Trump Pulling the Trigger on Suleimani? It’s the Economics, Stupid.

Foreign Policy | Jan 7, 2020 at 4:19 PM
  • The last two U.S. presidents, Barack Obama and George W. Bush, each considered killing Qassem Suleimani, the powerful commander of Iran’s Quds Force.
  • In Iran, a spiraling collapse in macroeconomic conditions limited the regime’s ability to hurt American interests.
  • And a shortage of foreign currency constrains the regime’s ability to fund activities abroad without worsening these conditions at home.