For the most part I agree with you Christopher, but I think you might be trying to argue to many points. The explanation of Picard being better suited playing diplomat and getting allies is perfect. As is that the Sovereign and Intrepid classes are relatively new so not many in service and it might have been cheaper/quicker to mass produce the older models for fleets is a perfect companion. The extra "so therefore Sovereign isn't a good warship" is a step too far for me. It's 1+2=4. It's jumping a step somewhere. For me, it's not the Borg that they're facing, so Picard is better served getting the Federation allies, as I've already said.