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Hold that thought about democracy in the Middle East while we sell $60 billion of military hardware to the princes of Saudi Arabia. The U.S. closed the first $30 billion half of a major arms deal Thursday to send 84 F-15 fighter jets to a country that only this month beheaded a woman convicted of witchcraft. (more)

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With the U.S. already maxing out the credit card with roughly a trillion dollars a year on defense spending, America's weapons industry has been forced to look elsewhere for buyers. Luckily for the military-industrial complex, there's an eager salesman in the White House.

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The Air Force has decided to ground all 676 F-15 fighter jets in service because of a recent crash that is thought to have originated from a mechanical defect that may have caused the plane to break up in flight.

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