This piece by Bruce Riedel in al-Monitor reads an awful lot like a an exercise of what Brian Whitaker calls Riyadology. It is worth mentioning though that Riedel makes one small mistake about the elevation of Miteb bin Abdullah to become the first ever minister of the Saudi National Guard. Riedel says that by this appointment King Abdullah has placed his son in the cabinet. This is not accurate. Miteb has been a member in the cabinet since November 2010 when he became commander of SANG.