I'm not going to give any comments on it.
We have tried to give the highest priority to the research that we need to get to the moon and Mars and beyond. Is the science scaled back? You bet it is. But is it no science at all? No, we're still trying to utilize this station all we can up there.
The importance of setting a date, as in choosing a colour, is a matter of selection. Orange may be seen equally well as 'the decline and fall of red' or 'the rise and triumph of yellow'.