I just love the way the 20th century "art of the deal" businessman sized up the Romulans within seconds, while 24th century "urbane" Picard sat in his captain chair absolutely clueless.
Yeah, but that always seemed a bit contrived to me. Picard has demonstrated plenty
of times that he knows how to read and understand what the enemy is thinking.
Plus it wasn't exactly hard to figure out that the Romulans were fishing for information.