Numbers: May 21, 2007

MILITARY SPENDING

8.8%

Percentage of Saudi Arabia's GDP devoted to military expenditure in 2005. Saudi Arabia has expensive taste in military hardware, such as Patriot missiles, from the U.S.

4%

Percentage of America's GDP devoted to military expenditure in 2005, a lower proportion but higher dollar amount: the U.S. spent $495.3 billion, compared with Saudi Arabia's $25.4 billion

VETERANS INSURANCE

177

Estimated number of days veterans filing disability claims with the Veterans Affairs Department have to wait for a response. And for veterans appealing a decision, the average wait is 657 days

30

Estimated number of days it takes private insurance...

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