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Bush By Numbers

Bush by numbers: Four years of double standards
By Graydon Carter
03 September 2004

1 Number of Bush administration public statements on National security issued
between 20 January 2001 and 10 September 2001 that mentioned al-Qa’ida.

104 Number of Bush administration public statements on National security and
defence in the same period that mentioned Iraq or Saddam Hussein.

101 Number of Bush administration public statements on National security and
defence in the same period that mentioned missile defence.

65 Number of Bush administration public statements on National security and
defence in the same period that mentioned weapons of mass destruction.

0 Number of times Bush mentioned Osama bin Laden in his three State of the
Union addresses.

73 Number of times that Bush mentioned terrorism or terrorists in his three
State of the Union addresses.

83 Number of times Bush mentioned Saddam, Iraq, or regime (as in change) in his
three State of the Union addresses.

$1m Estimated value of a painting the Bush Presidential Library in College
Station, Texas, received from Prince Bandar, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the
United States and Bush family friend.

0 Number of times Bush mentioned Saudi Arabia in his three State of the Union
addresses.

1,700 Percentage increase between 2001 and 2002 of Saudi Arabian spending on
public relations in the United States.

79 Percentage of the 11 September hijackers who came from Saudi Arabia.

3 Number of 11 September hijackers whose entry visas came through special
US-Saudi “Visa Express” programme.

140 Number of Saudis, including members of the Bin Laden family, evacuated from
United States almost immediately after 11 September.

14 Number of Immigration and Naturalisation Service (INS) agents assigned to
track down 1,200 known illegal immigrants in the United States from countries
where al-Qa’ida is active.

$3m Amount the White House was willing to grant the 9/11 Commission to
investigate the 11 September attacks.

$0 Amount approved by George Bush to hire more INS special agents.

$10m Amount Bush cut from the INS’s existing terrorism budget.

$50m Amount granted to the commission that looked into the Columbia space
shuttle crash.

$5m Amount a 1996 federal commission was given to study legalised gambling.

7 Number of Arabic linguists fired by the US army between mid-August and
mid-October 2002 for being gay.
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