UPDATE: For some context…
This reportedly occurred July 26. Still no announcement. Must be a HUGE embarrassment and disappointment, given the gloating over his appointment.
7/12/12: Prince Bandar bin Sultan (Bandar Bush) named new Saudi intelligence chief
This could be a sign of things to come in Syria given the fact that he was instrumental in running the anti-Soviet Afghan war in the 80s. He is also very aggressive and a hawk in the Saudi establishment but also very close the US establishment.
The previous person Muqrin had a softer approach on most issues.
…For Saudis and Westerners who remember Prince Bandar as a driving force rallying international support and procuring weapons for Muslim fighters seeking to push Soviet forces from Afghanistan in the 1980s, the appointment was a sign that the Saudis might play a more influential role as uprisings that may remake the Arab world, especially in Syria.
“In these very hectic moments for Saudi foreign policy…we need Bandar bin Sultan,” said Abdullah al-Shammri, a political analyst. “He’s a volcano, and we need a volcano at this moment.”
Mr. al-Shammri cited what he called Prince Bandar’s “special relationship” with American officials. He also mentioned parallels between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia working together in the 1980s against the Soviets in Afghanistan, and current circumstances in Syria, where the U.S., Saudi Arabia and others are trying to overcome Russian objections to tougher action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime