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16 April 2014

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The beaver

It is surprising how this news differs, depending on which side has sympathy for him or not.

Al-Manar , Hizb'Allah TV has been saying that the king forced him out (2 days ago) and since yesterday we are learning from the news agencies that Bandar asked to be relieved from his post and be replaced as an interim by his assistant.

Last month, another Lebanese news portal announced his return in his position as the chief spy after two months of absence ( supposedly because of sickness)

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/03/25/Saudi-intelligence-chief-back-to-the-forefront-.html

and then yesterday , according to the daily star,
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2014/Apr-15/253423-saudi-replaces-veteran-intel-chief-bandar-bin-sultan-tv.ashx#ixzz2yz1R9uoc

"In a royal decree, the powerful official was "exempted... from his position at his own request" and replaced by his deputy, Yousef al-Idrissi."

Mind boggling :-)

Alba Etie

All
I take this as more evidence that the Realist both here and Abroad are winning the day against the neocon , R2P , and assorted other Exceptionalist carpetbaggers . We shall see.

gemini333

Hallelujah

William R. Cumming

Bandar had an amazing run IMO probably worth a book or books.

Valissa

It was too early this morning to toast to this great news. But it's now a bit after 8pm EDT, so I am drinking a shot of very fine vodka made from Maine potatoes in Freeport, ME, in honor of this momentous occasion. http://old.theconnoisseurs.com/coldrivervodka.html

Skal! (I'm Danish-American)

bth

Col., in the past week or so Syrian rebels posted on Youtube and RT also discussed this week Syrian rebel acquisition and use of a limited number of BGM-71 US anti-tank systems supposedly provided via Saudi Arabia and there were claims of 20 out of 20 hits on Syrian tanks at several kilometer distance in the recent week. Anyway I just note the timing of this development and Bandar's resignation and the Russian push in Ukraine perhaps being linked to a higher price in Syria for all concerned. Just speculation on my part and would welcome a correction if wrong, but wouldn't something like this be on the agenda in Obama's recent visit to Saudi? Something to the effect we agree to arm the more moderate rebels but Saudi's agrees to reign in the extremists?

Amir

Wasn't he supposedly a victim of a suicide bomber a while back but turned out to be alive and well after a few months?

abusinan

I didnt hear the suicide bomber theory. What I heard is that he disappeared for awhile because he had run up against the wrong people. He was rehabilitated and put in the position he was.

The beaver

There was one circa 2012:
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/NH02Ak03.html

Then, afterwards he was shown in a picture sitting two seats away from the king during a shindig or a pan-Arab pow-wow.

Thomas

"Second, we are on very good terms with Saudi Arabia. We may, for example, differ in terms of our views on Syria, but we practically have identical positions on the development of the situation in Egypt. There are many other things where we see eye-to-eye.

I have great respect for the custodian of the two Muslim shrines, the King of Saudi Arabia. He is a very clever and balanced man. I don’t think that our Saudi friends would make any abrupt changes to harm themselves and the Russian economy."

This quote from Putin's news conference yesterday could point that Bandar's symbolic "beheading" was a diplomatic signal by the Kingdom for closer cooperation in the future.

Unfortunately for US, our president could never be called (truthfully) a clever and balanced man.

William R. Cumming

SA friends tell me that Bandar is willing to retire from the public scene and enjoy his vast wealth. Maybe?

Alba Etie

All
Its being reported a large number of AQ where killed in Yemen past two days . Are the patrons of AQ in Riyadh being furthered pushed back ?

Thomas

Nah, merely reinvesting in the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham since they are actually clearing out competitors, holding territory militarily, and building a sharia state. Then again it is what you would expect from the Republican Guards Alumni Association.

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