Mimi, you do make some very good and valid points.
It's just any kind of coverup bothers me. It's like saying "We don't trust you". If I was a Federation citizen my ire would not be at the Cardassians as a people, but at the governments for thinking that I could not handle the truth.
As for Garak, I love the character. Very deep and complex. But, I just can not see him as a public leader. Seems too fanficy to me.