I'm inclined to agree that the timing for this story wasn't exactly ideal, especially given the "if we [had] them why can’t we use them?" opine of a certain new political leader. (But let's not dwell on that. Hearing about real-world politics isn't why we listen to / read sci-fi, after all.
Even though it wasn't exactly the most uplifting of tales, I very
much enjoyed this story and though the ending especially was particularly well-written.