"Hey, boss - I know we're trying to make our mark and it's a competitive market out there and whatnot. So how about this - we build a death star, scare everyone into submission and blow up some bad dudes."
"Correct me if I'm wrong, but hasn't that been tried before - at great expense? Didn't it not work out all that well?"
"Boss, come on - it's big, it's iconic, we'll be remembered for this. You don't want to be seen as weak, do you?"
Remember that time the CIA supported Osama bin Laden? Or the US supported Saddam Hussein in his pitch to beat out Iran? Those sorts of incursions have worked out pretty well, haven't they?
Or how about Tim Hudak's "let's straw man the Ontario Public Service and make like this game show - "who's gonna get laid off?"
Let's not leave out the Stephen Harper/Lynton Crosby niqab/barbaric practice hotline play - "if all else fails, let's target a minority!"
History's actors - the alphas with the aggressive positioning, tough talk and complete willingness to sacrifice others and future stability because the win right now fixes everything - have this cyclical habit of repeating history's failures.
Maybe they don't do their homework. Maybe, they feel that no one else was as capable, determined or smart as they are. Either way, the result is the same - massive, aggressive assaults that ultimately result in losses that could really have been both predicted and avoided.
If you really want to be remembered, build a death star.
At least that way, you can bring others down with you.