This is a design pattern. We've seen it before. He preemptively concedes the thing he wants to screw us on, and later insists that he just HAD to do it. He gets a couple "serious" pundits quacking about it, and shortly his apologists are stating that anybody not getting on board are whining or purity freaks. Wash, rinse, repeat. He's not fast, but he gets what he wants. That generally means we get screwed; he's definitely not working for us unless some of us are REALLY rich.