Thursday, November 05, 2009

Who rules Saudi Arabia: the foreign policies of Saudi Arabia

This is a key question now. It is very clear that King `Abdullah is not running the country, certainly not in foreign policy. There is a the foreign policy of the King: and then there is the foreign policies of the Sudayri princes headquartered in Morocco (led by Prince Salman becasue Sultan is very dead by now). Prince Saud (who is gravely ill and is spending more time in LA for hospitalization) is in between but is out of the loop. You need to read the opinion pages of the mouthpiece of Prince Salman (Ash-Sharq Al-Awsat), not because of good journalism--it is no more then vulgar and crude propaganda, and read even the piece by its editor, not for his skills--he is talentless but makes up what he lacks in talents by competence in subservience and prostration. The paper is a good barometer of the Saudi-Israeli alliance. Look at this story here: Prince Sultan (read Prince Salman) summoned the foreign ministers of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, and Jordan. Notice that Qatar and Oman were excluded: the Suayri princes were opposed to the reconciliation between Qatar and King `Abdullah. Al-Quds Al-`Arabi had a story two days saying that the resignation of Prince Mut`ab bin `Abdul-`Aziz is due to his objecton to the ascension of Prince Nayif (becoming third in line).