What did Roddenberry have against Starfleet?
Starfleet as depicted in TMP has got to be the most inept organization in the galaxy. First, there's the routine transport that kills the first officer in a gruesome way. Then, there's the total HR cluster---- of having the guy who's going to replace Decker break the news to him. Seems like the could have handled that better. Now there's the suggestion from the novelization that, as Christopher
said, nearly 90% of Starfleet's finest class couldn't successfully finish their deployments.
So was the anti-Starfleet stuff some kind of meta commentary on Roddenberry's struggles with studio executives to get Phase II/TMP made?