Originally Posted by WildGunsTomcat
Above all else they knew Kirk to be a loyal officer. They didn't realize just how much his friendship with Spock meant to him.
They should have figured that one out when he ignored orders to go to Altair to take Spock to Vulcan in "Amok Time".
Btw, have you ever wondered what the Admiral reading the mission reports coming out of the Enterprise must have thought...given some of the episodes...