So Rhory is part of Starfleet Intel's brain-trust? Usually we see the operations side of SI, so listening in on the analysts is a nice change of pace.
And, like so often happens under the best of circumstances - things go sideways in war. This will be a devastating PR blow for Starfleet and repercussions will ripple out far and wide.
Perhaps to include a certain cadet?
I have to wonder how it all went so wrong. Was their information that bad? Do they have a double-agent in their midst feeding false intel? Did the Talarians get wind of the plan and sacrifice a bunch of kids for a propaganda show to sway the hearts and minds of Federation viewers?
Write, sir! Write quickly and don't spare the band-width!