American Experience

Carter and Crisis: Rescuing Hostages

Clip: Season 24 | 2m 9s

Mounting pressure to rescue hostages in Iran led Jimmy Carter to order a rescue operation. "We can no longer depend on diplomacy," said Carter in April. But when the "Desert One" operation failed, Carter took full responsibility.

Aired: 10/31/11

Rating: NR

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