Forrest was excellent, finally an Admiral that was a sympathetic character! His death was quite upsetting.
I theorize that one of the Vulcans demands for membership in the Federation is the requirement that all admirals be jerks. They were trying to dominate Starfleet with their case of Evil Vulcan Syndrome, but didn't take in account it's apparent cure and the adaptability of humans to rise to new heights of jerkiness!
Witness Admiral Alynna Necheyev.