Re: Star Fleet and Genocide
The blackmail plan was tactically sound. Strategically it failed to achieve final or even particularly lasting victory, and made matters much worse in the long term. Now it's a fight to the death, and the UFP has already played its trump card.
Or like with the Klingons. The Federation and Dominion find common ground on which to build a relationship?
And just because they UFP played a trump card, doesn't mean they don't have any more in their deck or have quit working on developing more.
"...the most elementary and valuable statement in science, the beginning of wisdom, is I do not know." - Lt. Commander Data, "Where Silence Has Lease"