Re: "You should have heard him defend you.." - really??
Kirk probably had a bullseye on his back from day after the Nero attacks. He jumped up the ladder, got command of the Enterprise, and was basically acting like he could do no wrong. It would be very likely that there's be senior officer or fellow captains lined up around the block to bust his nuts if they could get the dirt on him to do it.
- SeerSGB -
Good men don't need rules, The Doctor (A Good Man Goes To War)