Title says it all. With the plot of AE hinging on the events in Chicago in DOTM, I've gotten to thinking about it again, specifically how Optimus handled the attack. Perhaps this is flogging a dead horse, but it's been a few years, and perhaps perspectives have changed. Some people think that the way Optimus phrased his speech when he entered Chicago, that the Decepticon attack was to teach humanity a lesson, implied that he could've prevented it. But could he? Personally, I'm of the opinion that there was no other way to handle it. The Autobots had to comply with the order to leave,even if they planned to fake their deaths and escape. Fighting off the humans to escape would lead to the Autobots likely having to kill humans themselves, and marking them criminals immediately. And of course, directly killing humans isn't very Autobot. From the coast, the Autobots then had to surface, escape undercover, and drive all the way from Cape Canaveral, Florida, to Chicago, Illinois. For reference, that's an 18 hour drive under human circumstances. The movie Autobots have no alternate method of transportation, no space bridge, no Jetfire to hitch a ride on, and now no space ship. Optimus has his jetpack, but who knows if that can support all the Autobots? And from what we've seen, the Autobots, in car form, are still somewhat limited to how fast their car modes are. They're top-of-the-line in terms of their car parts, but seemingly limited to what regular cars can have (as per Mikaela checking under Bee's hood in movie 1. Even if they could push that limit, it's still a really long drive, and likely on roads with humans driving on it. So, what are your thoughts? A deliberate, avoidable act, or just a poor choice of words on Optimus' part? Was there anyway to do things differently, or prevent human deaths under the circumstances?