Ermm... I dunno, still not quite buying it. I guess I can see Torg blaming himself since he didn't see Riek take the squid out of containment--for all he knows it wriggled out from under the door. But as a reader I can't bring myself to blame Torg for someone else's dumbassery.
You're probably right about Riff, though. I was thinking too much in terms of him saving 4U city and not enough about him falling back into the fold at the end of 758449. Now that I've thought about it, I can think of any number of occasions where he's despaired, but then recovered his heroic nature to save the day. But in terms of today's comic, my question still stands: who does he think
is going to deal with the R&D Wars if not him and Torg?