I'm curious. Exactly how was Mace supposed to know that it would have been safer to bring more than three or four Jedi Knights and Masters to arrest Palpatine? He doesn't know the extent of Palpatine's skills. He never knew the extent of Darth Maul's skills. The only Sith apprentice whose skills he was familiar with before this scene was Darth Tyranus (Dooku). And the latter was dead by this point. And the fact that Mace brought along support for the arrest in the first place shows some common sense on his part. At least he tried to arrest Palpatine first . . . which is more than I can say about Yoda. And neither Mace or Yoda ever bothered to alert the Senate of their actions, which revealed much of the Jedi arrogance that was first pointed out in AOTC. Even if either Jedi Master had succeeded in killing Palpatine, I doubt that most of the Senators would have viewed their actions with approval. The fact that we don't really know how the encounter with Palpatine would have turned out if Anakin had been brought along makes me wonder how some people can declare Mace as "incompetent" for leaving the Jedi Knight behind. Mace had sensed great turmoil within Anakin, when he told the latter to stay behind. But in the end, only George Lucas knows what would have happened if Anakin had been a part of the arrest party. So again . . . why are certain fans determine to dump the downfall of the Jedi solely on Mace's shoulders?