This is a typical feudal leadership shuffle standard among dictatorial inherited monarchies - unlike bourgeois oligarchies that we see throughout most of the “Western” world.
The Brits put a small brutal tribe (which became the Saudi “royal” family) into power in the “Arabia” they created with imperial slaughter to control oil. The U.S. has taken up after them.
As is often the case, Frankenstein-monster dictators get enough power of their own to keep their creators at bay. The Saudi royal family now controls the local oil themselves and pretty much do what they want, including trying to impose the sickness of Wahhabism in the region by creating and financing terrorist organizations like ISIS, Al Quaeda, etc. Of course, the U.S. supplies most of the weapons to keep the oil flowing.
Pence is watching this closely of course. If his oligarch bosses see to it that he becomes CEO of USCORP, INC, he will try to create his own christo-fascist terrorism, which is just waiting to happen from sea-to-polluted-sea.
Does that answer the question?
PS: It’s interesting note that Margolis writes he has “done business” in Saudi Arabia since 1976 even though he claims it is “a swamp of corruption.” And exactly what “business” does he do in the swamp anyway? Sell swamp boats to navigate the oil-polluted waters?
This piece truly wins an honorable mention in the daily Donna Brazile Award for hypocrisy and chutzpah.