It might be if you truly believe in your principals. Sometimes upholding your principals/ethics etc.. can put you in a weaker position.
Hell, Picard points this out in Descent, Part 1.
I know Piller was off the show at that point, but it does show the lack of familiarity he had with the characters when he wrote the movie. What we get in the movie does fit Gene's/Hollywood's bizarre "competence and pragmatism = evil" mindset though, which is really bizarre in this movie because the pragmatic admiral was going for solutions that would kill less
people, while the Enterprise crew wound up causing tons of people to get hurt or die.