Iron Triangle: The Carlyle Group, The

“The iron triangle is in some ways is uniquely an American phenomenon. It’s the confluence of the military, big business, and politics. And the combination of these three things is something that a number of U.S. presidents in the past have warned against. In particular Dwight Eisenhower was very up front about warning against the possibility of creating a military industrial complex. By that he means a group of… a business built around defense and military that becomes so large and so powerful that it’s actually able to influence the politics of war.”

The Bush family, the Saudi Royal family, Osama Bin Laden’s family and Donald Rumsfeld’s inner circle – these are just some of the high profile figures who have played a direct role in the rise of one of the most powerful and influential and secretive firms in Washington.

The company is called The Carlyle Group. And in the wake of the events of September 11th and the invasion of Iraq, its power and influence have become significantly stronger.

The company operates within the so-called iron-triangle of industry, government and the military. Its list of former and current advisers and associates includes a vast array of some of the most powerful men in America and indeed around the world.

This program exposes the history of the Carlyle Group, from it’s inception as a private equity firm to it’s precent status as one of the largest defence contractors in the world. (Excerpt from video.google.com)

 

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