I dunno. Honestly, I'd guess Ardon is bluffing. Yes, he's self-centered, amoral, greedy, obnoxious and an all around terrible person, but twice now he's shown some degree of genuine caring for his team. I find myself unable to hate him over this latest travesty, not that I'm at a lack for other reasons, because if he isn't bluffing than I'd consider it entirely out of character for him.
And although I fully expect him to get chewed out for this, a large part of the arc has been devoted to showing that he is a very efficient leader despite his glaring faults and in some ways because of them. I don't like him, but I'm not about to stop reading the strip cause of him either.