Abandoned? Yeah. Sold out by the Yanks.
The reaction? NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has called for a new strategic partnership with Russia.
In his first major foreign policy address as Nato chief, Mr Rasmussen called for a "joint review" with Moscow of global security challenges.Actions have consequences. Sadly, none of those consequences are likely going to fall upon the perpetrators of this situation any time soon. Former President (American) J. Carter, for example, nearly made it out of his four year term before one of his administration's acts of poltroonery came back and bit them.
Mr Rasmussen was speaking in Brussels after the US announced it was shelving plans for controversial missile defence bases in Poland and the Czech Republic.
But the people of Eastern Europe have to deal with this as of today, if they can.
It sure must be fun to be Vladimir Putin right now.