In the movie Philadelphia, Denzel Washington played a lawyer named Joe Miller. When someone began to explain a case to him, he'd hold up his hand and say, "Wait, explain this to me as if I'm a two year old," in order to make the speaker state their position in simplest term. Right now I need someone to explain the Bundy occupation to me as if I'm a two year old.
None of this makes sense to me. By my way of thinking, law enforcement could accelerate an end to the situation by turning power and water off, blocking outside deliveries and supporters from coming in, and generally making things uncomfortable for the criminals.
OK, I understand wanting to avoid blood shed. Yet, law enforcement needs to not only be thinking about this incident, but future incidents as well. Once a precedent of cooperation with such criminals is set, it's going to be harder to dissuade future incidents from occurring.
On Friday, Ammon Bundy is scheduled to propose an "exit strategy." The only exit strategy which should even be considered, is for the militia members to come out with their hands up.