Yeah. I actually don't mind the earlier scene with Col. West but it has some problems, namely (a) Auberjonois' acting is a bit over the top; (b) Starfleet has a military briefing in front of the Romulan ambassador; and (c) West flips through a paper easel board outlining the attack. But it's fine. The "this is not Klingon blood" scene is just a little goofy. There was no need for West to be in on the conspiracy.