Originally Posted by DNA-1842
No, Admiral Marcus knew that Harrison had hidden the 72 people in the torpedoes. He ordered Kirk to fire them at Harrison knowing that there were no warheads in them, relying on the explosions from the excess fuel in them to be enough to kill Harrison and draw the attention of the Klingons.
The second time I viewed it I made a conscious effort to pay closer attention to the progression of the various plans and I remember thinking that 'most' of it (within what seem to be usual Trek limits) kinda made sense in an in-universe way.
I still think there were fuzzy areas slightly and some it can likely be unpicked like the other films but my aged brain was getting itself switched around last night trying to remember everything said by all the characters about what was going on.