Re: Oh come on Spock, it sucks! Big Deal. (SPOILERS)
If the Federation had been around to deflect the Chicxulub impact that wiped out the dinosaurs, we wouldn't be here.
Anyway, it's not like Kirk really got punished or learned anything. He went from Captain to being back to the Academy to First Officer and back to Captain in about 10 minutes. The really interesting thing to see would be how other Captains feel when Pike is always there to pull Kirk's ass out of the fire and what's going to happen now that Pike is gone.
We can admit that we're killers ... but we're not going to kill today. That's all it takes! Knowing that we're not going to kill - today! - Kirk - A Taste of Armageddon