The Malazan Re-Read of the Fallen: House of Chains, Ch 7,8,9

Here are chapters 7, 8 and 9 of Amanda and Bill's re-read of House of Chains:
Cotillion’s statements about his view toward Laseen and the Empire of course bring up some questions. After all, in GoTM, we have Cotillion telling Shadowthrone: “Laseen remains our target, and the collapse of the Empire she rules but never earned.” So it appears that either this is a contradiction of character/plot or Cotillion and possibly Shadowthrone had planned to take down Laseen but since then they’ve learned other things that make a strong Empire more important (I lean toward the latter). Others?
Source: Chapter 7, Chapter 8, Chapter 9