Re: Layton's bid for power
I think the whole key to the plan was the Federation being in the precipice of war. Leyton was banking that the majority of officers would be inclined to follow a military leader vs. fighting to uphold civilian rule.
And he was probably right. If he hadn't brought Sisko home, his plan likely would've succeeded.
"Just give me two seconds, alright, you mad bastard!" - Montgomery Scott, Star Trek Into Darkness