Not the issue. The issue is that given the intention to try to wage a decisive battle by going for the enemy capital, the ofensive towards moscow needed to start end august and this was feasible. So the the city Hitler needed to go for was Moscow.
I agree in principle, however in practicality the intent could not be met successfully and at the time the intent was better met by the Kiev operation.
Regardless of the Kiev or Moscow decision the US/UK-CW will support the Soviets (militarily, economically and politically which has a huge effect on morale) and the US will enter the war, thus the Soviets do not surrender even if Moscow falls in 1941. If the decision is Moscow its unclear if the Germans could take it and also unclear if that operation would hurt the Soviets more than the Kiev debacle. Either way, the Soviets aren't that much worse off going into 1942 even if Moscow falls. The main factories, economic assets, population, etc. are all still out of reach of the Wehrmacht, the Red Army will still outnumber the Germans (and will still grow). The main effect is on command and control as well as the rail net, both of which will be temporary albeit substantial problems.
You are in retreat so the battering has at least worked in some way.
If you really do not care about what city the germans went for then you should not even bother to take part in this type of discussion.
Why?..... You continue to batter away with the same old tired argument that has been demolished by unavoidable facts every time it appears. All things considered (economy of force, force protection, etc.) the Kiev operation changed the balance of forces more than a Moscow in September operation would. The cost of the Kiev operation in terms of losses and logistical requirements was minimal compared to what a Moscow operation would entail and managed to remove 1 million Red Army Soldiers from the Soviet OOB as well as vast economic assets.
In principle Moscow was the correct target, in reality/practicality Kiev was the wise choice. Regardless of target, Barbarossa could not succeed strategically.