From Insurrection. Ru'afo: My ships are capable of intercepting the Enterprise before it reaches the perimeter, I could send them to escort it back, but Commander Riker might not want to come. Dougherty: Send your ships. What was in Dougherty's mind when he said those three word? It was obvious that Dougherty held Ru'afo and the So'na in contempt and had previously compared them to thugs, and Ru'afo would soon after murder Dougherty so the feeling was likely mutual. Picard wasn't obeying Dougherty's orders. Ru'afo wouldn't let Dougherty communicate with Riker. And likely if Dougherty had talked to Riker, Riker would have disobeyed his orders too. Ru'afo was going to send the ships regardless of anything Dougherty said. What did Dougherty want to have happen? What did he mean when he said "send your ships?" Did he want the Enterprise destroyed? Have her actually escorted back? Did he fully expect the Enterprise to destroy the So'na ships (which is what happen)? Or is what Dougherty said an admission that he no longer had any power and authority over the course of events, and he knew it?