One of the better new world order videos, 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. Iron Triangle The Carlyle Group takes a close look at the financial and business connections between the Bush and Bin Laden through The Carlyle Group.
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 defense contractors in the world. Based on the book The Iron Triangle: Inside the Secret World of the Carlyle Group available at Amazon for $15.81.
Iron Triangle: The Carlyle Group Reviews
5 STARS – Captains and the Kings, November 28, 2004 – Taylor Caldwell described this kind of thing fictionally in her novel, Captains and the Kings, but her story deals with Gilded Era robber barons whose machinations, though plenty effective in their time, seem juvenile when compared to what is going on at Carlyle today.
Those of us who cling to a belief in America as our faith suffer most, I believe, from the documentation of this level of corruption in our midst. Those who are not politically active, or who will not see the evidence before their eyes, might simply state that Washington is corrupt, always has been, and there’s nothing we can do about it. Well, all of these presumptions are untrue: when this level of corruption arose within the Grant, Garfield, and Nixon administrations, action was taken to correct the problem. Of course, the first two events occurred prior to the 17th Amendment, the beginning of our demise. When Theodore Roosevelt came along he socked it to these kinds of guys, but good, and bought us 50 or 60 years of relatively effective government.
Dan Briody has written a well-researched, well-documented account of incalculable greed and corruption run amok. In an earlier time, the publication of a book like this would have set off a maelstrom of investigations and indictments. Why is it that our current administration and the Carlyle Group feel immune from censure or prosecution? Repeat after me:
Repeal the 16th Amendment
Repeal the 17th Amendment
Reinstate the Fairness Doctrine
Enforce Sherman Anti-trust
5 STARS -A fascinating look at a scary direction in American business, April 29, 2003 – The intersection of politics and business is quite apparent with the current Bush administration, but this book takes us deep into the dangers inherent in such a close alignment of the public and private sectors. The scariest part of this book is not that fact that the type of political favors and influence peddling described occur, but that there is little oversight in the government or media to prevent or expose it.
I’d highly recommend this book to anyone who is concerned about the influence of business on government policy, especially with the current global political climate.