Bandar’s first and most urgent task will be Syria. The Saudis want Asad gone sooner not later and Bandar will get the rebels more arms. Its deeply ironic since Bandar played an important role in helpng Bashar consolidate power when his father Hafez died in 2000. Bandar pressed Syria’s generals then to accept the young man as tough enough for the job. Now he must be Bashar’s undoing.