Crazy Eddie wrote:
No, we are ASKED if the military program would be mothballed; one of the people who asked the question is a treasonous dog personally responsible for the deaths of not less than a dozen officers, the other is a pencil pusher we've never seen before and never see again.
That's an ad hominem
fallacy. And totally irrelevant. Both Admiral Cartwright* and the military aide refer to a possible 'mothballing' or 'dismantling' of the fleet. If they were wrong, the Commander In Chief would have said so there and then.
MILITARY AIDE: Bill, are we talking about mothballing the Starfleet?
C in C: Nope, not going to happen.
MILITARY AIDE: Oh, good.
No. Instead the aide asks his question, and gets the reply
C in C: I'm sure that our exploration and scientific programs would be unaffected, Captain, but...
Only exploration and science are mentioned. And that 'but' at the end of the sentence suggests that other programs, perhaps including defence, will be affected.
*And is there any reason to believe Cartwright is a member of the conspiracy at this stage? Or that the conspiracy even exists? At the briefing he shows no knowledge of the situation, having to ask what the proposed negations will be for. Believing, correctly or not, that the Fleet was about to be weakened may well be his motivation for joining the conspiracy in the first place.