No, BTC doesn’t deserve criticism. And if so, then perhaps you want to criticize the other 25 or so runners in the 10k to their face.
World Championships are in Serbia. War has been mounting between Russia and the Ukraine for some time and now is reality. Air space will be impacted.
US Championships are very important. Indoors not so much.
Most of the athletes running the 10k in a weeks time would have run the 3k indoors but doing so would probably mean a strategic race, traffic and the possibility of getting tangled up and injured. During an outdoor world championship year, that creates added risk towards the bigger prize.
Many of the athletes running the 10k are looking for WC qualifying times. This will be a fast race. Future 10k races (US championships in May) it is less likely that the pace will align with WC standards, and will be strategic.