Can personal charm stop a dictator? That's what Neville Chamberlain thought he was going to do, when he implemented Plan Z. Of course it didn't work, and World War II happened in spite of Chamberlain's charisma and personal likability. It was Winston Churchill, the pompous and grumpy stalwart, who actually fought the war.
In this Afterburner, Bill Whittle uses this lesson from history as an allegory to discuss how President Obama assumes he can handle foreign relations.
Episode 3: "Crisis at Munich", first part
This is a really epic documentary series released in 1983 by Cronkite's Broadcast Studio (you know which one). This particular episode deals with the 1938 Sudeten Crisis and Western Europe's response to Hitler's demands that Czechoslovakia cede the Sudetenland to Germany. This of course led to Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's infamous "appeasement" of Hitler's expansionist desires and his ironic statement that the agreement guaranteed "peace for our time."
My collection of this series is all on Beta tapes apparently once purchased by my parents.
The tapes are not numbered in any way, and the episodes deal with individual topics rather than going in chronological order, so I'll do my best to upload them in some sort of sensible sequence. It may, however, take quite some time to upload them all.