The UK’s Independent Newspaper published an article on Saturday saying that the Prince was aggressive and ambitious. Describing Saudi Arabia’s Defense Minister, Mohammad Bin Salman, as the most dangerous man in the world.
The article began with a biography on the Prince who was only 12 when he began attending his father’s meetings the then governor of Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh Province and trading in shares and property. But Author Bill Law criticized him for plunging the country into a brutal war in Yemen with no end in sight, describing him as power lover.
Bill law wrote that within the Saudi religious and business elite it was well understood that if you wanted to see the father you had to go through the son, and Every step of the way, Prince Mohammed has been with his father, who took his favored son with him as he rose in the hierarchy of the House of Saud.
It must have seemed a very good idea at the time: the young, ambitious son of an aged king leading a war against a rebellion in a troubled southern neighbor. That the rebellion was supported by Iran made the adventure even more attractive.
Writer said enemies within the ruling family decried the arrogance of the young prince, even going so far as to call for his ousting along with his father and Mohammed bin Nayef.
But those calls have led nowhere. The question remains, though, how far his impetuous nature will take him in the conflict with Iran.
Writer says that it was not outside the realm of possibility that this brilliant, brash young man casting himself in his grandfather’s mould as a Sunni warrior may be weighing up the options, may be thinking of a military strike against Iran, saying the idea was frightening in a region already rived by sectarian war.
He has amassed a vast fortune, but it is power, not money, that drives the prince. When Salman ascended the Saudi throne in January 2015, he was already ailing and relying heavily on his son.
Prince Mohammed was appointed Defense Minister; put in charge of Aramco, the national energy company; made the head of a powerful new body, the Council for Economic and Development Affairs with oversight over every ministry, and put in charge of the kingdom’s public investment fund.
The newspaper points out that power were dramatically increased in the first few months of Salman’s rule.
At the end of last year the BND, the German intelligence agency, published a remarkable one and a half page memo saying that Saudi Arabia had adopted an impulsive policy of intervention.
Spy agencies do not normally hand out such politically explosive documents to the press criticizing the leadership of a close and powerful ally such as Saudi Arabia.
It portrayed Saudi defense minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman the powerful 29 year old favorite son of the ageing King Salman, who is suffering from dementia as a political gambler who is destabilizing the Arab world through proxy wars in Yemen and Syria.