Keaton enters the Situation Room with Mac, and everyone talks options. There's a whole lot of military explanation about the planes they will be sending out of Puerto Rico, and how they will shut down power and communications. Mac asks the obvious question that they were clearly hoping to avoid, which is how that's going to get her Sanchez. It won't, but they try to sound positive when they explain that it will weaken the military. Keaton jumps in and shows his worth by pointing out that the military's not where Sanchez' power lies. Mac asks him about a comment he made in the campaign: "A war on drugs is a war on drugs..." "Is a war on drugs," Keaton finishes. Mac wants to eradicate the coca crops, which will destroy the country's drug culture. Once the drugs are destroyed, the military will not have to follow Sanchez. Clearly, they had already thought of this and not yet suggested it, since they immediately launch into a plan for how to do that. Keaton reminds them to get all the hidden cocaine labs the slain agents had discovered. Mac looks to Jim for approval. Jim: "It's bold. Decisive. You're going after the drugs, not the citizens. I like it." Jim's stamp of approval! This will work, I feel it in my bones. Mac wants to go on the air that evening, and Melanie reminds her to meet with the Gang of Eight beforehand, so Mac has her gather the merry gang immediately. She and Keaton nod at each other: "Let's get this done."
Two of the Gang of Eight are Templeton and Alison Remarque. Jim, Mac, and the General assure everyone that they know the location of the labs and will encounter minimal defenses. Templeton takes the moment to become grand: "Madam President, I've sat here and listened to five presidents say that the stakes were worth American blood. Is this?" Unfortunately for Templeton, Mac's got a good answer ready: "American blood has already been shed." Allison, whose feathers are clearly still ruffled from her first meeting with Mac, gets snotty that some might say she's sending a signal. Mac: "What I'm sending, Alison, is Strike Force Alpha." Templeton makes a strong last attempt at raining on Mac's Strike Force parade by pointing out that destroying the crops will also destroy all of the legitimate agriculture in the country and cause an economic depression. Mac only responds to say that all options have been considered, and that the Gangsters will receive advance copies of her speech. To get in a weak last word, Templeton replies, "Madam President, I can ask for nothing more."