Considering that java is one of languagues that are one with their frameworks (.Net, J2EE), what you're saying is... ee, what... jvms are fast, java programs are slow?
No. What I'm saying is that large everything-including-the-kitchen-sink frameworks like J2EE are often overkill and create unnecessary overhead that shows up in bloated images and slower run times.
It's perfectly possible to develop applications without J2EE. It's often more effective to build up smaller frameworks with things like JDO, Velocity, etc.