It's not about defending FFG, and more about reminding you tanks, B2s, and phase 2s exist and pointing out they cant drop support for half the game for a year.
I havent really looked at the clone weapon options, as I am more interested in playing droids but looking back at them I think you are under valuing the RPS-6 for cheap range 4, and it's a bit expensive compared to the Z6 but I think the DP-23 is going to be really good too. It's also giving you both the captian and specialist that both look at first glance like good options.
I guess if you really feel you have to blame someone for a staggered release schedule, FFG is as good as anyone else, but again, most of that info is false. The clone wars core set came out in October, we got Dooku and Rex in November, and then the trooper upgrade packs were pushed back because of production delays and are currently expected in January. Even if you dont count doubling the options for core units as an option, and if you dont I personally think you're wrong because phase 2s dont look much different from phase 1s and I am still not sold on the B2s. The tanks/troopers are in Febuary, and that is 3 months out, not 3-4.
I am sorry, I couldnt find the expected release quarter listed on the articles, looked on the upcoming page and they havent been added just yet, so just assumed month of paints or month after.
As to the special forces, it has been a little while so I am not 100% sure, and I'm on mobile so dont want to go back through a bunch of articles to check, but I am fairly sure the civil war core set originally came out in April or May, and then we had issues with veers, leia and snows, the vehicles, and battle cards and the scouts and commandos were in August and then like first week of October. So they are following a similar release pattern. Sure, I would love all of my options up front but that isnt the way FFG does releases and they let everyone know that options wouldn't be immediately available sometime in the summer I believe when they said the heavies wouldn't drop right after the core set. If you're local area suffers because of it I am sorry, but I kinda like the staggered releases. It's a lot easier to buy a box or 2 a month instead of a whole army up front.
Personally I am happy we get news as far out as we do, and much prefer it to a couple weeks before launch to account for any delays. So far they have been fairly upfront about communication and if anything it seems to have gotten better. I dont get why everyone is getting mad at FFG for telling us things and being wron instead of leaving us in the dark.