But since when is the Star Trek property an action property?
Since about 1966, I'd say.
Seriously, though, the movies have always been a bit more action-oriented. The only one that has any exploration is V, if you can believe it.
JJ-Trek brings it up "We can't have another Nero-style attack. We need to keep people safe, and I will do that by making us strong!" But there's no counter-argument except to put those words in the hands of the antagonist and we are supposed to instinctively think he's wrong.
I don't think it was meant to be felt as wrong by the audience because the antagonist held that opinion. Kirk seemed to agree with him in the beginning and it was still wrong.