Thanks for bringing things back on track.
Sure, one strategy (and not a bad one) is, that if you engage, you bring everything you have to bear on the enemy and crush it immediately, before it can bite you.
What are the costs of that strategy in this situation? reasons it wasn't implement? (Besides stupidity -- I mean, were there reasons that path was NOT followed, reasonably?)
Actually, if we were trying to not lose our "good cop" status, that failed miserably as well.