I don't know how much "creative intensions" there is when O'Sensei named aikibudo and aikido. I thought of it as an acknowledgement that aikido is a "budo/do" derived from aikijutsu; although I speculate that "aiki", or harmony, is an important aspect of O'Sensei's teachings.
I agree there are many ways to interprete "ai ki do", so I won't advertise that my interpretation is more accurate than yours, but here is my 2 cents:
I think O'Sensei meant to creat a martial art that doesn't glorify killing, as samurai often do. In old Japan, children of samurai class are often put through "special education" in order to desensitize them about killing men. Often, by the time they are teenagers, they are required to execute prisoners in public to prove they have no qualms about killing. O'Sensei has been through wars and many other hand to hand combats that result in death of his opponent; which is not atypical of his time. However, through a few "enlightenments", and along with changes in society, he sees the needs of alternative to the relentless traditions. And hence aiki - the gentle art of redirecting, instead of destroying, the vigorous energy. An art that focus on let live, instead of giving death. Notice I didn't say enemy, because by identifying the person you are facing as enemy, you've already disengaged yourself from harmony.
Right, I am softie. So I will get a good night sleep and get ready to punch the ladies in the gut again in karatedo tomorrow...
yours in aiki