Re: Episode of the Week: 3x05 "The Bonding"
Yet Kirk was? yeah, Kirk the angel, who stole a starship and got demoted? something Picard and Janeway never did.
Kirk was consistently on the side of protecting lives and promoting human rights over computer control.
Obviously, Starfleet of the 23rd century agreed with his interpretation of the Prime Directive as he never lost his command. Picard and Janeway were all over the place applying the Prime Directive.
"If I hadn't tried, the cost would have been my soul." - Admiral James T. Kirk, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock