U.S. intelligence agencies reportedly intercepted Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture Jamal Khashoggi, the journalist who disappeared after visiting the Saudi consulate in Turkey. Top Turkish officials fear he was murdered and that his dismembered body was flown out of the country.
The Washington Post is reporting that before the journalist disappeared on Oct. 2, Saudi officials discussed a plan to lure Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia.
It remains unclear if the Saudi government intended to arrest or kill the journalist known for his writings criticizing the Saudi leadership, or whether the U.S. government informed Khashoggi that he was the target of the Saudi government, the report said.
General Jack Keane, retired 4 star general, former Vice Chief of Staff for the US Army, the chairman of the Institute for the Study of War and Fox News Senior Strategic Analyst joined Fox News Radio's Marie Harf to discuss the missing Saudi Arabian journalist.
On if he thinks Saudi Arabia killed him: That's hard for me to fathom. I've watched what Mohammad Bin Salman, who is the Crown Prince and heir to the throne, has been pursued of for a couple of years. He developed a vision for 2030, with the help of some thoughtful Americans to be frank, which is quite transformational for the regime. To say it's revolutionary is actually an understatement. It touches every fabric of Saudi society... To think that he would risk all of that over this doesn't pass the common sense test, but again this is the Middle East and at times some things don't pass the common sense test. (2:16)
On how counterproductive doing this would be for Saudi Arabia: I think the President is taking the right action in the sense that while this is not an American citizen this is an ally of the United States. We have our Federal Bureau of Investigation involved in this and that's a good thing. Certainly, that is being done with the cooperation with another ally in the region, a strained ally at the present, in terms of Turkey. But, also the President stated with the cooperation with Saudi Arabia. Obviously with the facts we have right now, which are not complete, they look highly suspicious. (5:30)
On the President's response and what the U.S. should do: It may not be as clear as we would like it to be and some ambiguity may be associated with this, which makes our decision making tougher. I do think we have to look at what has happened in the Middle East. Why is Saudi Arabia's relationship important to us? We look at Saudi Arabia to help provide stability and a degree of measured security in the region... I think if some kind of action needs to be taken against the Saudis for doing something this despicable I think we can find the right lever to do that and try to use it as a vehicle to truly get their attention. (9:32)