wow, how much explaining did you have to do?
Something along the lines of, "I promise, that is NOT what it sounds like".
I haven't played C&C for yonks.
The last one I played was C&C3: Tiberium Wars. I stopped playing them after EA introduced their extreme Digital Rights Management. You know, the sort where you have only 5 installs per game, need a persistent internet connection even in single player mode, are required to stand on one leg while playing, sign up for their premium account, and find a way to sell your soul to the devil.