Iron Triangle: The Carlyle Group

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Iron Triangle: The Carlyle GroupThe 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 defense contractors in the world.

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45 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Ade Mark

    Is there and english language version of Iron Triangle? What is the link to it?

  2. Lisa O

    This is a very important documentary! It is not in English for the first few minutes, but wait...the rest is in English. It is a must see if you want to understand the relationship of the Bush family and the Carlyle group. This film uses very reputable sources.

  3. Seke

    what language is that? <:-)) could be nice an english. or every language text subtitle maybe would be cool

  4. johnab

    it's dutch

  5. monkey

    Why is this documentary in the Conspiracy section ?

  6. thanasos

    It's about a conspiracy between politicians and business groups, it's true but it is about a conspiracy.

  7. Epicurean_Logic

    It is in Enlish. It just starts off in Dutch.

  8. rabblevox

    This is must see. 98% English w/Dutch subtitles.

  9. janneke

    saw it before, but this is shocking all over again....

  10. wow

    WOW! I love this site. EXCELLENT work guys.

  11. WTC7

    Good documentary. The fact that the media has not focused on something like this and only occasionally covered it speaks for itself. I mean, come one, this would be a 'bomb', a sensational news for the media, something to chew upon and sell good for a long time. It is quite obvious on this example that we learn through media only what someone else has decided we should know about. That's scary...

  12. ratview

    These people make me sick.

  13. Ian

    i didnt really think this was that great, like i knew most of it already, and its not too hard to believe that there are some shady things going on in the " iron triangle". thats my personal opinion

  14. tca

    ehhhh little to no substance. we live in a capitalistic country; thats not some big secret conspiracy.

    don't overlook the forest for the trees, people!

    even conspiracy theorists have agendas

  15. gnip tuck

    Living in a Capitalist regime, OR NOT, does not change the fact that if you are in a position to use, deceive and do harm to innocent unsuspecting folks for personal or ideological gain - you better be ready to pay for it - period!

    And 'forests', need nurturing. Because the 'trees' depend upon its biodiversity and "balance" for survival. Nothing to do, or helped by: greed, apathy, megalomania and pretentiousness from our so-called 'leaders' and their rebelling 'acolytes' who claim to speak for the 'people'...where in some camps, some have even, suddenly, discovered a taste for 'tea'!

    Regardless - there are conspiracy theorists from all camps and colors in between. And then, there are its apologists...

    Are we getting fed up yet?

  16. Human357

    I first came to know the Carlye Group in a Pol Sci class in 2001. Right after the "inside job" of 9/11, I was told by the instructor that I was not to write my final essay on the fact the Bushes' sat with the Saudi as the event took place. She informed me that "The Carlye Group was not a topic of the semester, and to relate the essay to topics on the "listed." They make the gun that make the wars that make the profits. Isn't that the "Good Old Party's" method of operations. Like the instructor of the class(forgot her name), the media (owned by The Carlye Group) misinforms the public to focus on "the list." I did the paper on discrimination in education and got an A-. But the satisfaction was the look on her face when knew I had seen beyond the "list."

  17. Frostbeard

    Why do Americans love War so much? I've been asking myself that question for a long time.
    I've done my fair share of research and their seems to be a lot of 'conclusions' if you will.
    Americans originally came from Europe. The Brits and the French. 2 Nations that have always been war mongers... back when proving your strength actually meant something.
    I suppose that is the core of it?
    I guess we'll never really know why, but I hope someday the Americans will stop causing fear in the world. They seem to be greatly afraid of 'something' themselves.

    Screw defense and military spending. They should spend that money on saving the planet from our stupidity, and more unbiased religious based Science.

  18. Tradewind

    Really enjoyed the documentary,

    What I really appreciated though is having the objective side of the story,
    Rather than being completely critical and stacking favour against the subject of the documentary.

  19. Erica

    It is very clear that all the nations work together in their corruption and deception and is driving by the greed of materialistic things that are ultimate valueless. It's very sad that many people have to suffer for the gain of few. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer but everyone shares the same faith. Jehovah will sort out the bad from the good at heart and only time will tell who receives salvation. The world has been a place of siege and conquest since the beginning of time and won't end until Judgement Day.

  20. Ron Burgundy

    this is just one layer o the Onion

  21. shivabeach

    They were under scrutiny back when Bush started the Iraq war. The Bush daddy played a significant part in this company

  22. Gary V

    Blood money ! The only reason that our troops & hundreds of thousands of civilians are dying in the Iraq & Afghanistan wars is to make money for the Carlyle group, Of which the Bush, Blair, Bin Laden & Saudi Royal families are all major shareholders. 9/11 & 7/7 were both staged to justify these wars & allow the Carlyle group to make many billions of $'s for these shareholders, through defence contracts, arms deals & rebuilding contracts. Al Qaeda & Saddam's WOMD were both invented by these people, again to justify these same wars. And who will be the only people who will benefit from these wars, yes you've guessed it, the shareholders & paid employees of the Carlyle group & other such companies.

  23. wald0

    After watching this how can people say they want capitalism unregulated? This is exactly what you have to look forward to, except it will not be hidden and there will be much more of it. Not to mention the offenses that would take place right here at home. The current system isn't perfect, it allows many corrupt practices. But if you remove it things will get tremendously worse. You don't throw your car away when it has a flat, you fix it. This is the same thing, you don't throw away your government or regulatory system because it is broken, you fix it. Or we can sit back and expect the huge corporations to put people before profit, country before short term gain, etc. Now do you really think that is going to happen? If so I have a nice bridge you might be interested in, I'll even throw in some nice ocean front property in Tennessee!

  24. Joe Laurino

    It's probably best that you don't assume ALL Americans LOVE war. That's a ridiculous claim. Sure our government gets us involved in plenty of wars, and yes, a lot of us support these wars as a result of the propaganda they feed us to fear for our lives and defend ourselves. However, that general statement you just made is the same ignorant nonsense that puts you on the wrong end of the barrels of our guns. We, the American people, do not make the decisions, press the red buttons, or give the orders to the military.

    Furthermore, you say that you've done your "fair share of research" and come to the conclusion that since we're descendants of Europe, we have inherited the trait of being war mongers. Well that is extremely sad to hear that you did a fair share of research and came to such a simple conclusion. My 10-year old niece knows where we descended from moron, so please come up with something better than that ridiculous assumption, detective.

  25. Lil2k7

    bravo! lol thanx for settin the record straight joe. the world would be a much different place if ppl like the bush family listened and carried out the voice of the american ppl, we didnt elect that goofy looking, word makin up, dumb f*** known as W.!

  26. Donald Edward Goodman

    It is refreshing to see that all of Generation-x isn't under hypnosis like the Military is. THEY did that sh*t to my Father. And he worked his ass off until he was dead! So being a well-trained-son, I worked until my back BROKE in 3 places! Just what Rockefeller wants. "I don't want thinkers; I want workers." JDRockefeller
    The Overtly-Wealthy or pigs of the worst kind. Greedy, suckling pigs

  27. Donald Edward Goodman

    "ARE pigs." Sorry Mrs. Shanahan. (My English teacher. A "teacher" I actually liked. She died mysteriously like a rock star. In a mysterious-plane crash)

  28. Donald Edward Goodman

    And Bush's Daddy's Daddy; FUNDED WWII......and good old Adolf. WHERE DO YOU THINK HITLER GOT ALL THAT MONEY? (Rockie-feller helped too....

  29. Bytor

    The first 1:45 is in German. I almost stopped watching this until I skipped ahead and realized it switches to english.

  30. Deborah Macaiodh

    Frostbeard: See? All you did was offer a theory as to why Americans love fighting and he said that's how we end up threatening or shooting people with guns! The reactions are so disproportionate to the offense in many cases. Now he's going to be all irate at me for pointing something out that is obvious to everyone who reads his and your statements. You don't even have to look elsewhere for an example. It's right above this post.

    Joe: You know you love that the USA is the most powerful country in the world. Why the charade? You clearly enjoy having the power to brandish gun barrels at whomever you see fit. Just admit it already.

  31. Christopher Robin Richardson

    I really like your spirit... I was almost convinced you knew something... I am an American and have lived in the Middle East since 1986... I have lots of things to say... but really have to keep my mouth shut over here... it is a learned skill... isn't it great we can say ALMOST everything we want back in the new world. So you moved to Egypt? Have you ever been in Jail in Egypt or anywhere in the ME... after which I could then believe your statements. Yes you are bitter. It'll be in a few years you will have much more to say... if you are really in Egypt.

  32. Sim Ulater

    Not all military was under hypnosis. The exposure of illegal acts from the media didn't come directly from reporters. It came from our front-liners. Just remember who else watches these docs. RIP my fallen comrades, I will represent you as well as I can.....

  33. Nate

    One thing's certain, there will always be wars. Out of chaos come order, and symmetry. Just as forest fires are crucial to restoring vitality, and the big bang resulted in the beautiful spiral dance of the universe, so to have the struggles and strife in our history done for man kind. There will be balance, that is the nature of everything.

  34. cyberfrank

    some very shady business going on there, and I fear that it s much worse that is being led on this documentary...

  35. jim

    I for see the Bush family burning in Hell for what they have done to America and the World, how many people have died so they can make MONEY.

  36. jim

    I would like to know how the Bush family can hug their grandkids with bloody hands. They will leave their fortune to their grandkids, made by the deaths of thousands upon thousands of people .

  37. awful_truth

    A great documentary that exposes the political, military, and financial connection between U.S leaders, and the corporations that profit from the American taxpayers support. Although much of this information is already out there for those who make a point of paying attention to the world around them, sadly it remains unknown to the majority who are distracted by political party propaganda.
    What is more disconcerting is how many innocent people pay the price in countries that refuse to play ball with the IMF, and World bank, who sanction this corrupt behaviour.
    P.S: The idea that if the people knew the truth, the Bush/Cheney's of the world would never be elected is to me ridiculous. Even if the people knew, they would still support it, because to rail against it, would only increase their personal risk, and bring financial hardship to them, and their families. Ultimately, it boils down to a simple concept.
    The majority of people support evil nonsense as long as they are on the (dark) side that benefits. (quicker, easier, more seductive - Yoda)

  38. trompsky

    As many as they found necessary to kill.

  39. trompsky

    Corporations always put profit ahead of people. They exist to profit those that own and run them. They do not care about people or society, unless they negatively impact business.
    Pure capitalism without regulation is a recipe for disaster. The US is quickly headed down that path. The GOP passed and SCOTUS upheld Citizens United. IT is a bill that literally sold the US to the highest bidders.
    Those that vote for the GOP are either rich or insane. Yes. The Dems are also out to enrich themselves, but they at least have a little compassion for the poor and middle class.
    The GOP congress is auctioning off favors for cash and future jobs for themselves. You don't need to look any further than the very first bill (after the GOP took the majority in Congress) that they brought up and passed. Keystone.
    Keystone does nothing good for the US but will enrich Koch. The Koch brothers funded the elections for a good portion of the GOP. Keystone is a blatant payback.... and they are not even ashamed to let people see what they are doing.

  40. trompsky

    Americans don't love war. The power behind the American Government (the military industrial complex) loves war. War is profit.
    Eisenhower warned us about them. The Military Industrial Complex... made up of ex-world leaders and captains of industry (so, basically, criminals). They need war to survive.

  41. todd

    how many times does your car have to break down or malfunction till you realize you need a new car?

  42. Bruce Wayne

    The US citizens are brainwashed by their media which is owned and controlled by people who want to influence US foreign policy so the US fights the people and countries who the media owners either don't like or want to control or take over. The media is also influenced by weapons manufacturers and the service companies that get huge contracts for things like doing the military's laundry, cooking, logistics, private security contractors etc.

  43. Bruce Wayne

    Yes the reporters weren't looking for the truth. But they also were embedded and only saw what the US military wanted them to. That is why the US blew up the Al-Jazerra offices and TV station there to stop unapproved media stories because the weren't embedded.

  44. ErnestineBass

    Yep. In car-speak, capitalism is "a lemon".

  45. Erik Elmer

    Actually the big corporations benefit from the regulation. They are the ones putting these people in office. If they can weed out competition by being the only ones who have the resources to hire the teams of lawyers in order to navigate all the rules that their puppets put in place then competition goes out the window.

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