I think I'll go with Janeway's speech at the end of "Alliances". I think that was Janeway at her soapbox-iest. Essentially, they've gone right back to where they were at the start of the episode: under constant attack by the Kazon, losing crewmen here and there, no allies to speak of, and we have Janeway saying Starfleet rules are the best allies they can have.
Um, no, they're not. Actual allies
, like the Talaxians in "Basics", and the aliens in "Year of Hell" and "The Void" are the best allies you can have.
Well, they tried their best. They saved the Kazon leaders from the Trabe assassins, and the Kazon weren't grateful in the least. They were never going to get a good alliance out of them.