Trump’s Ally: Saudi Arabia’s drive for Aristocratic Hegemony in the Middle East Juan Cole has the reputation of being an impartial and informed commenter onthe Middle East. This is not my impression. Statements such as "Riyadh feels that the Bush administration deprived them of an ally in the form of the Sunni Saddam Hussein, and replaced him with a pro-Iranian, Shiite dominated Iraq that they fear." seem doubtful to me. Overall, he seems better than many other writers on the topic. In my opinion both Trump and Saudi Arabia with their reckless policies will loose influence which is a good thing.