Saturday, April 23, 2016

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MEXICO CITY — An international panel of experts brought to Mexico to investigate the haunting disappearance of 43 students that ignited a global outcry say they cannot solve the case because of a sustained campaign of harassment, stonewalling and intimidation against them.
The investigators say they have endured carefully orchestrated attacks in the Mexican news media, a refusal by the government to turn over documents or grant interviews with essential figures, and even a retaliatory criminal investigation into one of the officials who appointed them.
For some, the inevitable conclusion is that the government simply does not want the experts to solve the case.

Then-U.S. Central Command Commander-nominee Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 27, 2010, before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on his nomination. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

“Iran will cheat … that’s the sense you get when reading” the terms of the nuclear agreement, he said, adding Iran is “not a nation state, but a revolutionary cause intent on mayhem.”
Mr. Mattis suggested Congress create an oversight committee, consisting of members from the intelligence, foreign affairs and armed services panels, to ensure Iran continues to comply with the deal. He also suggested Washington bolster its ties with regional intelligence agencies, like those in Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, to ensure American officials are fully informed on Iran’s nuclear activities.
While it remains to be seen if the White House will adhere to Mr. Mattis’s recommendations, the retired general was adamant that he did not want to be the one who would make that decision.
Mr. Mattis, revered in military circles, has reportedly been suggested as a potential GOP presidential candidate. The purported grassroots effort to get Mr. Mattis on the Republican ticket has placed the retired general into the political arena.
But on Friday, Mr. Mattis seemed to put those presidential rumors to rest, telling the audience, “I have not given any thought to it.”

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