Push The Button wrote:
Scotty, being the man that he was, knew that Kirk had a really good reason to give that order, and that it wasn't given lightly or for a trivial reason. A lesser man may have second-guessed Kirk, or simply wimped out and refused to carry out such an order, but Scotty stood by his captain.
Scotty knew in his heart of hearts that he wasn't going to have to carry out that order. He knew Kirk was going to resolve the situation. He knows Kirk's that awesome. Everyone should know that by now after 40 years.