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Strawman Has a Point: Skroeder is adamant about recovering Number Five at all costs and deliberately undermines and steps on the toes of others who are working on a less militant and violent approach. The truth is that the SAINT robots have MILITARY applications with a fully active laser cannon, you can even see the Oh, Crap look on their faces when they realize he can use it freely. While the audience gets the benefit of seeing how benign and childlike Number Five is, the team they send in do end up provoking Number Five into a laser response. At the time who knows what else might have provoked the same reaction.
Skroeder isn't concerned with recovering Number Five, all he really wants to do is destroy it it at all costs(which is directly against every single order he's given). One of his first lines is "Whatever it takes to put that stupid contraption out of commission, gentlemen, that's what you do." Still doesn't change the fact that Number Five was potentially dangerous, as Skroeder pointed out the potential for the thing going off the rails and killing someone or destroying property.