Pilot: "Nearing fire, ready to drop flame retardant. I can see a small pilotless drone ahead. What are my orders?"
Commander: "Pilotless drone? I don't wish to be responsible or liable for any outcome, including the worst thing I can imagine. Why are you asking me what to do, when I can't see it?"
Pilot: "I am not accepting responsibility for any outcome you can imagine."
Commander: "I'm not taking the fall for it. Ordering you to get out of there. We will blame the other drone commander, and assign liability to him"
Pilot: Roger that. Jettisoning flame retardant. Record this - 'See? See? See what you made me do??'"
Commander: Recording. 'Seeing, Seeing, Seeing what he made you do.' Liability transferred.
Now I wasn't there, so the above dialogue is just speculation, but from my years in the public sector, imagined liability relayed to outside command is rather dronelike and occurs pretty often. "making an example" out of someone follows.