Once I started to read that quote, I knew this was another in the group of folks who have an axe to grind against the Abrams movies, because it doesn't fit in with the TNG-colored hindisght of what they think TOS was. I guess a video game of the senior officers speaking in the briefing room the whole time would have been better?
One of the things from TOS I think of is the opening of "A Private Little War". The Villagers are getting ready to ambush the Tyree and the Hill People. What's the first thing Kirk does? It sure as hell wasn't run over to talk to the Villagers. He drew his phaser, skippy.