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The phrase Iron Triangle has several different implementations.
- The Iron Triangle is a book by Dan Brody investigating the Carlyle Group.
- It's been used by Josh Marshall during the Bush regime to describe his three close advisors, Karl Rove, Karen Hughes, and Joe M. Allbaugh
- With regard to the military-industrial complex, it refers to Congress, the Pentagon, and defense industries
- In 1994, Newt Gingrich used the term 'iron triangles' to describe Congressional liberals responding to calls from activist groups, especially in the social welfare sector, to establish government programs and include funding for non profit groups for services and other projects.
- In February 2000, Ron Arnold invoked Gingrich's 'iron triangle' analogy to portray the environmental movement as doing the bidding of foundations. "The foundations direct their funds to the second leg of the triangle, environmental groups with insider access to the third leg, executive branch agencies. This powerful 'iron triangle' unfairly influences federal policy to devastate local economies and private property," he said.