Re: Unsurprising outcome
I refer you to the following quote from "Yes, Prime Minister", on presenting options :-
Bernard Woolley: "What if he [the Prime Minister] demands options?"
Sir Humphrey Appleby: "Well, it’s obvious, Bernard. The Foreign Office will happily present him with three options, two of which are, on close inspection, exactly the same."
Sir Richard Wharton: "Plus a third which is totally unacceptable."
Sir Humphrey Appleby: "Like bombing Warsaw or invading France."