Crazy Eddie wrote:
Picard's choice of words is relevant here: he agrees to that request, and he tells Kolrami the same thing in the conference. Starfleet, therefore, gave him a choice.
According to him. But we know from the preponderance of evidence on the show that if he hadn't agreed, Starfleet Command could have ordered him to do it, did order him to undertake military missions on other occasions, and could have relieved him from duty if he had refused the orders. So his "agreeing" doesn't mean much.