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People will do anything to assure their safety, even if it means giving up everything that is American.
This brings to mind a quote by Ben Franklin. "Those who would give up a essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve niether Liberty or Safety."
Unfortunately, I know people that gave up their US citizenship and emigrated to other countries in order to continue to "live life" and travel around the world with the security that they will not be targeted.
I know what you're saying, but I'm not sure I'm clear on the right/wrong of the ideology. Some might say that it is American to focus on the self, and seek out happiness (ie: global travel), instead of standing up for nationality.