Situation Room. Bearded Guy I've seen a lot but whose name I never seem to learn is briefing Leo about some new technology they're testing at Camp Red Cloud and Uijongbu City. Leo asks another guy for an update on Europe. Other Guy reports potential Basque terrorist plots in Spain. Someone Else reports a border dispute between Lithuania and Belarus. Leo dismisses them and asks Miles to stay. This must be the legendary Hutchinson, about whom we've heard so much in the last four years. Okay, maybe not that much, but the guy gets mentioned fairly regularly. Or am I mixing him up with Cashman and Berryhill? I think I am. We haven't seen those guys, have we? Maybe those are Ed's and Larry's last names. Yeah, yeah, I know they're not. Cashman and Berryhill are Senators or Congressmen or something. After four years it's starting to be a blur. Anyway, Leo waits for everyone to leave and then asks him what the general thinking is in Kundu. Miles replies, "That we should support all the international diplomatic efforts to...You know the UN's already made overtures to the Arkutu?" Leo wants to know what's happening at Central Command. Miles says they're going to want to supply the bordering countries. That's not what Leo means: "We're getting intel that isn't making it onto CNN but that's a matter of a couple of hours. Truly horrible accounts of mass slaughter that should make us at least want to investigate whether there's a genocide." Miles: "Lee lost 10,000 at Gettysburg; didn't make it genocide." Leo says he'll go to POTUS with it. Miles says that in their case, they'd lose closer to a thousand: "Which is pretty stupid. Magnificently so when we realize we're talking about a guy who's never led an army." Leo: "A: 'The guy' is the President. B: He's been leading one for three years, fifty-one weeks, and three days. How much more training would you like him to have? And C: It's not a thousand. We saw a force depletion report; it's 150." Miles wants to know how they saw a force depletion report. Leo tries to cover it up and imply that Nancy helped them out, but Miles says Nancy's out of the country: "It was her aide." Leo says that the guy was following a direct order. Miles: "I have no doubt he was; that's my problem, Leo." Leo hollers that he doesn't give a damn what Miles's problem is: "The man wants to know if he sends troops, how many are going to die?" Miles says that if he wants to see force depletion, POTUS should ask Miles. Leo: "He asks you and three days manage to go by before he sees it, Mr. Secretary. Yet miraculously, The Wall Street Journal, on Day Two, the numbers inflated all to hell. It's 150, not 1,000." Miles: "And that's acceptable to you in Kundu?" Leo: "I don't know what you mean when you say 'in Kundu.'" He stares at Miles for a moment while he figures it out and says, "Yeah. Yeah, I do." He turns back to the table. Miles tell him, "Go to hell," as he stalks out. Leo picks up a bunch of files and throws them down on the table in frustration, knocking over a water glass in the process. He picks up the glass and then stands there with his hands on the edge of the table.
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