Before the last American elections, it was a simple choice for the left wing, George W Bush out and the peace loving Barack Obama in and how we celebrated when it came to pass and Bush, the brainless, God fearing warmonger was shuffled off to his Texan ranch and the saintly Obama was now in place to end the wars, stop the torture and close Guantanamo Bay.
Things turned out differently and under his leadership, Guantanamo remains open for business and Obama has not only carried on the Bush doctrine but expanded on it with drone attacks in Pakistan and invading Libya and threatening Iran and Syria with the same which puts the left in a bit of a predicament.
We don't want another period of what Obama is offering but the alternative is Mitt Romney who seems to have a foreign policy that could have been written by the same people who gave us George W, so who should the pacifists and anti-war supporters be hoping finds themselves in the White House after this November's elections?
That Obama has been a disappointment is an understatement, the Nobel peace prize was awarded much in anticipation that he would bring a halt to the murder and mayhem that Bush unleashed but all he has done is pick up the baton and run with it while sounding more articulate while doing so.
American troops are still in Iraq and Afghanistan, the prison in Guantanamo is still there, drone attacks are bringing daily death to Pakistan, Libyans have seen American firepower replace one murderer with a gang of warring factions, Palestinians continue to see their land stolen by Americas ally and the people of Iran and Syria are being maneuvered into position to be the next to feel the shock and awe of America's ongoing mission to impose Democracy by cruise missile.
So do we cheer for the articulate black man with a nice face who has been responsible for continuing the ideology of the man we so despised or the religious fanatic that is making no secret that he will be doing much the same?
Tough choice but it looks as though whoever America chooses this election, it will be more of the same and that should depress not only those of us wishing for a more peaceful World but everyone who has watched a television since 2001 and despaired at just how cheap life is to those in power.