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Don't Screw It Up

The story of how Barack Obama tried to reshape America. Episode three tells how Obama set out to end George Bush's wars in the Middle East.

Episode three explores how Barack Obama set out to end George Bush's wars in the Middle East and reset relations with the rest of the world. In Cairo he speaks to the Arab world, calling democracy a human right. Two years later when protest erupts in Tahrir Square, the president is torn between secretary of state Hillary Clinton and defense secretary Robert Gates, who believe Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak provides regional stability, and his young advisors, who are in tune with the promise of the Arab Spring. Before long, a similar test arises in Libya, Hillary Clinton changes her position to back military intervention and Obama agrees to join allies in airstrikes against Colonel Gaddafi.

In Syria, when shocking evidence shows the use of chemical weapons, Obama decides to bomb. But when the British Parliament votes against intervention, he decides he needs the backing of a reluctant Congress. Foreign secretary William Hague explains why the British parliament voted against intervention in 2013 and President Obama explains why he then decided to seek the backing of Congress.

This episode also explores how Obama scored a big win when he negotiated a secret deal to end the nuclear threat from Iran - behind the backs of his closest allies. Secretary of state John Kerry tells how he worked through the night, with President Obama on the phone, to secure the outlines of the deal.

59 minutes

Last on

Sun 18 Nov 2018 23:50


Role Contributor
Production Company Brook Lapping Productions
Series Producer Norma Percy
Director Delphine Jaudeau
Producer Delphine Jaudeau
Executive Producer Brian Lapping
Executive Producer Paul Mitchell


  • Tue 29 Mar 2016 21:00
  • Wed 30 Mar 2016 23:15
  • Sat 16 Apr 2016 01:50
  • Sun 30 Oct 2016 19:00
  • Sun 30 Oct 2016 22:35
  • Sun 18 Nov 2018 23:50