^Was it that the tactic was first used against the Borg? (A ref to "Best of Both Worlds", perhaps?"
Anyway...yes, I too wonder how the Starfleet folks will view this. I half-viewed this as a "You are incapable of making the hard decisions, so we'll
do it for you..."
Now, I know Macet's didn't mean it that way, but
...frankly, I was almost wishing that Spiro would say--quietly, in a "private conversation" tone, of course--something like, "If it's all the same to you, sir...I'll be able to do it."