Right. We are past the stage one. If order comes down to generals to actually hit a big one, I am also wondering if they will oblige. This sentiment may run along the entire command chain. They would all know if they obey the order, things will got to hell. It can go either way: do it despite the misgiving or sit on it.
A thought to see if am understanding ... past stage one ... normally three acts and looks to be well into act two or stage two. Would this be the assessment you hold?