A utilitarian judgement is still gardening. There's no such thing as an impartial choice. All choices favor something. You're still assigning worth. Deciding something is "bad" (a category which I assume includes evil things) or, in the case of a utile decision...an expendable asset...is no better or worse than a Jedi killing a Sith because they are evil. Plainly put: making a decision that will affect lives and choosing to save the most lives is still "playing god". Any choice which involves saving lives is. After all, who are you to assign numerical value to lives? EDIT: It's a rhetorical question, by the way. Who are you to assign a value and make those choices? You're a gardener.