Did the Commander in Chief go AWOL for a year when he was in the reserves?: As President Bush co-pilots a Navy plane onto an aircraft carrier, we speak with biographer Bill Minutaglio about GW s checkered military past; The Iron Triangle: The Secret History of the Carlyle Group : Author Dan Briody connects the dots between the Bush family, the Saudi royal family, Osama bin Laden's family and Donald Rumsfeld's inner circle
8:00-8:01 Billboard 8:01-8:06 Headlines 8:06-8:07 One Minute Music Break 8:07-8:20: President George Bush co-piloted a navy jet on to an aircraft carrier yesterday to underline his role as America's commander-in-chief. A former pilot in the Texas air national guard, Bush let it be known he had spent time at the warplane's controls. Wearing olive-green pilot's overalls, he sat in the co-pilot's seat of a navy Viking S-3B jet as it was brought to a screeching halt by a cable across the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln. The triumphal and dramatic gesture seems ironic for a president who has never fought in any war. And that s not all. Expedited entry and promotions to the air national guard, a one-year gap in duty and redacted military reports cast serious doubt over Bush s experiences in the military three decades ago. * Bill Minutaglio, author of First Son, the unauthorized biography of President George W. Bush. Link: http://www.bushbook.com 8:20-8:21 One Minute Music Break 8:21-8:50: President Bush Senior. President Bush Junior. Former British Prime Minister John Major. Former Secretary of State James Baker. Secretary of State Colin Powell. The half brother of Osama Bin Laden. 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. For the first time a book-length expose on the history of the Carlyle Group has been published. It is called The Iron Triangle: The Secret History of the Carlyle Group. * Dan Briody, author of the new book The Iron Triangle: Inside the Secret World of the Carlyle Group. 8:50-8:51 One Minute Music Break 8:51-8:58 Carlyle cont d 8:58-8:59 Outro and Credits Democracy Now! is produced by Kris Abrams, Mike Burke, Angie Karran, Ana Nogueira and Elizabeth Press. Mike Di Filippo is our music maestro and engineer.