I just don't see them getting the boot, not in the foreseeable future. I know many talking heads have opined that the Saudi royal family is fearful of this democracy creep, but I don't think that they (the Family) are. Their grip on their people is much greater than in other Islamic countries, in no small part to the fact that fundamentalist Islam is much more widely practiced in Saudi.
I know it's difficult to believe, but in Iran, much like Egypt, there is a robust intellectual class, an educated class. That doesn't really exist in the same degree in Saudi. Without that element to coordinate and inspire and drive these kinds of protests, it's less likely that they'll happen - not impossible, but much less likely.
The only threat from uprising in Saudi, is from the bin Ladens of the country. But, I think the Kingdom is comfortably far enough to the right, that a Islamic revolution, just isn't likely.
Of course, when the oil runs out, everything changes.
Thanks for your thoughts on that OldDeckHand. I don’t see the King tossed soon either, but I’m not convinced anything gets better with a leadership that openly hates the U.S. and acts on it.