Avoidance, deterence and defense. In that order
He avoided a confrontation until he couldn't. He used deterrence when he couldn't. Fortunately he didn't have to escalate to defense and everyone got to go home that day. That's an excellent outcome.
Your bravado will get you in big trouble someday.
"Socialized Medicine is the Keystone to the Arch of the Socialist State.” -Vladimir Lenin
"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." - Thomas Jefferson (An early warning to Obama care)