I don’t see why not.
Which could be a hyperbolic statement.
But nah, take everything everyone says in these silly movies 110% literally. Then ask why Palpatine funnelled money into the Death Stars instead of just tearing planets apart with the Force.
Palpatine never truly understood the force. He thought of it as a means to power, like how we harness the natural laws of gravity to increase space-flight times: whereas the Jedi respect it, and understand its full potential.