If there were some kind of award for completely failing to grasp the lessons of September 11, this would have to qualify. Back in January, Obama trashed most of the remaining post-9/11 restrictions on Saudi visitors to the United States. But the problem largely predates him.
The number of Saudi students in the US increased 500% since September 11. This means big business for American schools, including flight schools, and for security contractors who get to profit from prepping the next response to a terrorist attack.
The number of Saudi Arabian students in the United States has increased by more than 500 percent since Sept. 11, 2001–when Hani Hanjour, a Saudi national who came here on a student visa flew American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon, killing 189 people.
According to the Institute of International Education–whose numbers on foreign students in the United States are used in official reports published by the U.S. Department of Education–there were 5,579 Saudi nationals enrolled in U.S. institutions of higher education in the 2001-2002 school year. The Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks took place near the beginning of that school year.
In the 2011-2012 school year, the most recent year for which data are available, there were 34,139 Saudi nationals enrolled in institutions of higher education in the United States.
The 34,139 Saudi Arabian students in the United States for the 2011-2012 school year was more than the total of 30,256 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the University of Connecticut this school year.
From the 2001-2002 school year to the 2011-2012 school year, the number of Saudi nationals enrolled in U.S. institutions of higher education increased by 28,560.
That is an increase of more than 500 percent.
Those Saudi nationals don’t just buy diplomas, they also buy academic influence, leaving behind academic chairs and scholarships and institutes that are then used to brainwash the next generation and move academia closer to the Saudi position. This has been going on for a while and as American colleges gets deeper into debt, they become more dependent on Saudi students and Saudi money and our national discourse becomes more vulnerable to the influence of the Saudi lobby.