Location Text: One week later...
Joseph Sisko: ... Excellent. I'll be right back with your drinks.
Dale Zurkett: Thank you!
Dale: When you said dinner, Admiral, I didn't expect Sisko's! This is a fancy place!
Admiral Benson: Order anything you'd like, Dale. Don't be shy. May I call you Dale?
Dale: You must need a lot of service credits a month to afford this.
Benson: Just a stipend in accordance with our needs, as you well know.
Dale: Right, well... I was kind of surprised to hear from you, Tom. I can call you Tom, right?
Last time we talked, I think you said: "Take off that Starfleet uniform and get out of my sight."
At my court martial, remember?
Benson: I remember. I deeply regret my choice of words.
Dale: I'll have to add that to my book. In the epilogue, maybe.
Benson: Yeeesss... said book is why I asked to meete you.
Benson: The form you filed with the Census Bureau states that you're writing a "tell-all" book about your experience in the Federation-Tajaran Conflict.
Dale: Yeah... except I'm calling it a war in my book.
The words are just flowing on the page, you know? I should thank your Fed guys for pushing me.
I think you'll especially like the chapter about how you left us all to die on Wogglenather. It's a page turner!
Benson: Mr. Zurkett... I already know your strong feelings on this subject, but peace has always been the goal of Starfleet. We--
Dale: I've seen the buried messages, Admiral.
Hell, this whole time, I thought you were only abandoning US.
But you were about to give all of Wogglenather to those slugs, just to make peace.
But then the Yorktown crash-landed on the Tajarans. And they surrendered first.
Benson: I won't dwell on how you obtained classified correspondence, Mr. Zurkett.
It was a conflict we should NEVER have been involved in.
Two pre-warp species. A completely localized dispute. The Prime Directive is clear. You had no jurisdiction to offer, nor less unilaterally GIVE our help.
Consider this, Zurkett: You blame me for the deaths of your men?
You're the man who brought them there.
Dale: Not a day goes by I don't remember that.
But I also remember that a race of good people are free because of us.
If you're here just to lecture me again, I think I'll pass. I do need to get back to work on that book.