Eh. It bugged me but, like ever so much else in the movie, I can live with it--obviously, it wasn't a deal-breaker for me; I saw the movie 3 times in the theater and own the DVD. But it was not in any way equivalent to what Kirk did in TSFS, that's just silly.
I think what I love most about this movie is that I can still love it in spite of agreeing with nearly everything the so-called haters say about it.
(Fun Fact: When I was 14, I wrote many a Letter of Comment to Interstat
, explaining why Kirk's actions in that film were consistent with the humane warrior of TOS and not indicative of a new "Dirty Jim" for the Reagan era. I couldn't do that with this scene.)