Analysis Drama in the Court of the Saudi Arabian King

The dismissal of Prince Bandar as head of intelligence may go some way toward repairing ties with the U.S., but only temporarily.

The official statement announcing the dismissal of the Saudi head of intelligence was typically laconic. Published in the name of Saudi King Abdullah, it said Prince Bandar Ben-Sultan was "released" from the post "as per his request" and replaced by General Youssef Al-Idrissi.