Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi died in a "fistfight" in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, the kingdom claimed early Saturday, finally admitting that the writer had been slain at its diplomatic post. Authorities said 18 Saudi suspects were in custody and intelligence officials had been fired.
General Jack Keane is a retired 4 star general, former Vice Chief of Staff of the US Army, the chairman of the Institute for the Study of War and Fox News Senior Strategic Analyst. General Keane joined Fox News Radio's Guy Benson and Marie Harf to discuss the latest information on the death of Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.
On the Saudi explanation that Khashoggi died from a fistfight: No, not at all is it plausible. First of all, Adel al-Jubeir, who I know I've been in his home in Saudi Arabia, is highly regarded by most U.S. European leaders who have been engaged with the kingdom for years. He's a former ambassador here in the United States and now he's a foreign minister. What I take away from his interview is a couple things. One is that not only are we in the beginning stages of the investigation, but I think we're in the beginning stages of the Saudi narrative, which I believe will change rather substantively as time goes on and they acquire more information and also begin to step up and accept more responsibility in terms of what happened. To suggest that somehow Jamal precipitated this event by getting into a fight, which eventually wound up being a homicide which the regime is admitting, is preposterous. (1:39)
On what the U.S. strategy should be: I certainly believe that the relationship with Saudi Arabia has got to go forward based on U.S. national interest, but it has to be influenced by U.S. values as well. If they don't change their paddle line and accept some responsibility then yes we can selectively use sanctions against the individuals involved and I think there would be unanimity from the White House and the Congress. And I would hope that the White House would work with the Congress on this because I think it would be much more impactful that they're together on it. (8:01)