What Cao Cao said was this：
“the eunuch evil is of very old standing,
but the real cause of the present trouble is in
the improper influence allowed them by the emperors and
the misplaced favoritism they have enjoyed. But a gaoler would
be ample force to employ against this kind of evil, and getting rid of
the main culprits is quite enough. Why increase confusion
by summoning troops from the regions？
Any desire to slay all of them will speedily become known, and the plan will fail.”
“then, Cao Cao, you have some scheme of your own to further,” said He Jin with a sneer.
Cao Cao left the meeting, proclaiming, “The one who throws the world into chaos is He Jin！”
then He Jin sent swift, secret letters far and wide to several bases.
It must be recalled that Dong Zhuo had failed in his attempt to
destroy the Yellow Scarves rebellion. He would have been punished
if he had not bribed the Ten Eunuchs heavily for their protection.
Later, through connections in the capital, he obtained rapid promotions
from General to General of the Front Army, to Lord of Aoxiang, to Imperial
Protector in the western region of Xizhou and Commander of
an army of two hundred thousand troops. But Dong Zhuo
was treacherous and disloyal at heart. So when he received the
summons to the capital, he rejoiced GREatly and lost no
time in obeying it. He left a son-in-law, Commander Niu Fu,
to look after the affairs of Xizhou and set out for Luoyang.
Dong Zhuo took with him a huge army and four
generals——Li Jue, Guo Si, Zhang Ji, and Fan Chou.
Dong Zhuo’s adviser and son-in-law, Li Ru, said,