Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Adbul Aziz died early Friday, setting the stage for a transition of power at a critical moment as the key U.S. ally in the Middle East struggles with falling oil prices and rising Islamist violence.
The monarch, believed to be 90, was succeeded by his brother, Crown Prince Salman, according to state television. That put the region’s most important Sunni power and America’s closest Arab ally in the hands of a 79-year-old who is reportedly in poor health and suffering from dementia.
I’m not even gonna pretend I have a handle on what all this means or what is gonna happen next. I just wish Abdullah had hung in there for a couple more years until Obama and Kerry were out of office.
I got a bad feeling about this.