It’s interesting how present day geopolitical structure can certainly change the interpretation of an event. Taken as a metaphor for Vietnam at the time period, Kirk’s actions were something the audience was meant to have ambivalent feelings about. By the time the plot was meant to be revisited in “Too Short A Season”, the TNG staff looked at the actions of Kirk with disgust and considered it akin to Iran-Contra and something that made a mockery of the ideals of the Federation. Now? Well, I won't comment on present day geopolitics but right now a smaller country is being armed by a bunch of other ones to repulse an invasion and I doubt it will be considered the same. So, what was the RIGHT decision? If any?