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is it really worth making a Federal case out of the difference between "co-founder" and "founding member"? because it is not all that unusual for people to be referred to as "founding members" if they are in the first class of a new organization.

Amb. Suzan LeVine is an embellisher. This is from the interview article in SonntagsZeitung dated August 24, 2014:

"LeVine comes from a family with a long tradition of government service. Her maternal grandfather was in action during World War I, later he founded the veterans' organization American Legion and lunched regularly with US President Harry S. Truman."

1) Her maternal grandfather, Philip A. Fox, appears to have been drafted into the US Army and left as a sergeant. It does not appear that he volunteered. Here's his draft registration card:
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3....-66?cc=1968530

2) The American Legion was founded by a group of US military officers in Paris in January 1919. Later that year a caucus was held in St Louis and then the first convention occurred in Minneapolis. It is unlikely that the then 24 year old Sergeant Fox was present at the founding Paris Caucus although it is documented that he was in attendance in St Louis. There is no evidence that he played any kind of a leadership role in the American Legion at any time.

3) A search of on-line records available at the Truman Library website does not show any hits on the name Philip Fox or similar. Other Fox names are listed but not Philip Fox.

US Ambassador LeVine is an embellisher. She should go back to her former life as a rentier and clip bond coupons or whatever such people do.
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Amb. Suzan LeVine is an embellisher. This is from the interview article in SonntagsZeitung dated August 24, 2014:

"LeVine comes from a family with a long tradition of government service. Her maternal grandfather was in action during World War I, later he founded the veterans' organization American Legion and lunched regularly with US President Harry S. Truman."

1) Her maternal grandfather, Philip A. Fox, appears to have been drafted into the US Army and left as a sergeant. It does not appear that he volunteered. Here's his draft registration card:
https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3....-66?cc=1968530

2) The American Legion was founded by a group of US military officers in Paris in January 1919. Later that year a caucus was held in St Louis and then the first convention occurred in Minneapolis. It is unlikely that the then 24 year old Sergeant Fox was present at the founding Paris Caucus although it is documented that he was in attendance in St Louis. There is no evidence that he played any kind of a leadership role in the American Legion at any time.

3) A search of on-line records available at the Truman Library website does not show any hits on the name Philip Fox or similar. Other Fox names are listed but not Philip Fox.

US Ambassador LeVine is an embellisher. She should go back to her former life as a rentier and clip bond coupons or whatever such people do.
is a conscriptee any less in the service of his country than a volunteer?

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is a conscriptee any less in the service of his country than a volunteer?
"LeVine comes from a family with a long tradition of government service."
Grandpa Fox was apparently drafted into the US Army in about 1917 and by no later than 1920 he was out again, based on 1920 census records. According to the VFW, there were two million Americans who served during WWI and 72% of whom were draftees. Sergeant Fox did what they all did back then, but his short service in the US Army as a draftee does not equate to "a family with a long tradition of government service".

In her efforts to wrap herself in the US flag, Amb. Suzan LeVine also indicated in her written statement to the US Senate Foreign Relation Committee that her grandfather was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Arlington has high requirements for burial there these days, such as dying in the military or retiring from the military. When Grandpa Fox died in 1951, the requirements were much lower:
1) Served in the US military and received an honorable discharge.
- An estimated 90 to 95% of all service personnel receive an honorable discharge.
2) Be dead.

If Amb. LeVine wants to do something useful, I have a suggestion. She should contact Google and her buddies at Microsoft and tell them they ought to start hiring trainees in Switzerland. Google has 1,300 employees in Switzerland and no trainees of any kind. Microsoft has an apprenticeship program for KV business trainees but no apprenticeship program for IT. Shame, shame, shame on Google and Microsoft:

http://www.blick.ch/news/wirtschaft/...id3122401.html
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Re: Interview with new US Ambassador

Honestly MF, don't take this the wrong way but you seem to have a bit of an obsession with the new ambassador. It's a done deal. She's a political appointee with no qualifications for the job. Same as most other ambassadors. Pity, but that's how it is regardless of which party has the White House.
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Re: Interview with new US Ambassador

The bright spot---at least as far as Switzerland goes---is that Switzerland isn't a huge tourist definition for rich Americans compared to other countries. France could use a professional American ambassador who can deftly deal with the French despite the significant cultural and language barriers between France and America. It will never happen because the French ambassadorship will be the prize jewel given to the person who gave an obscene amount of money to the party that won the White House and thus is rewarded by by an ambassadorial gig in Paris. I'm sure that the UK has the same problem.

Maybe the U.S. ambassador gets to live in Zurich or Geneva and then occasionally commute to Bern, but if not it sounds like this person from Google might actually be interested in doing the job he was hired to do. For CH's sake as well as the US, I hope so.
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The bright spot---at least as far as Switzerland goes---is that Switzerland isn't a huge tourist definition for rich Americans compared to other countries. France could use a professional American ambassador who can deftly deal with the French despite the significant cultural and language barriers between France and America. It will never happen because the French ambassadorship will be the prize jewel given to the person who gave an obscene amount of money to the party that won the White House and thus is rewarded by by an ambassadorial gig in Paris. I'm sure that the UK has the same problem.

Maybe the U.S. ambassador gets to live in Zurich or Geneva and then occasionally commute to Bern, but if not it sounds like this person from Google might actually be interested in doing the job he was hired to do. For CH's sake as well as the US, I hope so.

Switzerland IS a holiday destination for lots of US Americans. But this has nothing to do with the ambassador. From Bern, you are in Zürich in an hour. I am sure that she and her husband will be in Zürich rather frequently. There are lots of people commuting (either way) between Bern and Zürich, so what
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Honestly MF, don't take this the wrong way but you seem to have a bit of an obsession with the new ambassador. It's a done deal. She's a political appointee with no qualifications for the job. Same as most other ambassadors. Pity, but that's how it is regardless of which party has the White House.
And thus it ever was, and ever shall be.

The US ambassador has zero impact on the lives of Americans overseas. And zero impact on foreign policy, and little impact on foreign relations. The ambassador's 'constituency' is the political party who gave him or her the appointment. The position - it's not a job, after all - is a political reward, nothing more. Expecting the ambassador to know, let alone care, about the lives of everyday Americans overseas is akin to tilting at windmills.

There are other fights more worthy of our attention.
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Re: Interview with new US Ambassador

The US Ambassador to Switzerland, Suzi LeVine, is just making an AMA (Ask me anything) on reddit. If you want to ask questions, hurry up:

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The US Ambassador to Switzerland, Suzi LeVine, is just making an AMA (Ask me anything) on reddit. If you want to ask questions, hurry up:

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I can't help but think that this is a really bad^W entertaining idea..
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Schweiz am Sonntag newspaper interviewed U.S. Amb. Suzan LeVine last Sunday. Translated below:

“It is good that the danger is visible”
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By Alan Cassidy and Benjamin Weinmann
Saturday, 04 October 2014 23:27
The new U.S. ambassador, Suzi LeVine, the three arrested Iraqis and the role of the USA as world policeman:

Reporter: Madam Ambassador, did it surprise you that three Iraqis and potential jihadists were arrested in Switzerland in March?
Suzi LeVine (SLV): You have to understand that around the world that there are about 14,000 foreign-IS fighters. As such, it is statistically likely that they are also represented in Switzerland. In some ways it's a good thing that the danger is now visible also in Switzerland and that the awareness has grown. Meanwhile, it is thought that 30 to 40 people are recognized as a potential hazard.

Reporter: Did the tip to the Swiss authorities come from the United States?
SLV: The security authorities of our two countries have agreements with each other and work together. I cannot speak about how this collaboration funcitons exactly.

Reporter: Will they become more important in the future?
SLV: It is all about global cooperation. President Obama has brought together many countries as partners for military but also for humanitarian interventions. Such coalitions are important in the fight against stateless, terrorist structures such as IS.

Reporter: Because now everything speaks of IS, does the criticism of the monitoring methods of the United States fall into the background...
SLV: On January 17, President Obama emphasized in a speech that the United States does not spy on ordinary citizens who are not a threat to national security. But he welcomes the debate over privacy and security. The question is how we can track terrorists and their plans, but at the same time to take into account citizens' right to privacy. I think the debate should be conducted in Switzerland.

Reporter: This is a very fine line.
SLV: True, it is a difficult balancing act. But I hope that people will debate this seriously from the start. This debate must be conducted without prejudice.

Reporter: Does the balance shift in the face of the terrorist threat?
SLV: I think not, because we both must achieve the same degree: security and freedom. After 9/11, the Patriot Act surveillance law was adopted in the United States and installed the so-called FISA courts. Switzerland is, in my view, just at the beginning of this needed debate what measures are needed to combat terrorist threats and ensure privacy. But you cannot have 100 percent security and 100 percent privacy.

Reporter: Should Switzerland prohibit IS?
SLV: The Swiss will need to decide this. We welcome the commitment of Switzerland in the humanitarian field, their support for people who have fled from the IS and had to abandon their homes. Switzerland is following President Obama's efforts to persuade all countries to be active in some way.

Reporter: The population in the United States is finally tired of war. New polls show, however, that the current campaign against IS is supported. Why?
SLV: People still do not want war. But they realize that the danger is very real. At the same time it is an opportunity to stand together and for the Iraqi Army to defend its country. The United States and other countries such as the UK are helping Iraq.

Reporter: Still, it feels like déjà vu. The last war in Iraq is not so long ago. What if the United States becomes engaged again in a long conflict?
SLV: I understand the concern, but the reality today is different than it was then. President Obama focuses on the American intervention using air strikes to support of the Iraqi armed forces. We do not want to be drawn into further conflict. The United States is not the Iraqi army.

Reporter: The political and military course of the coalition is set by the United Stated in the fight against IS. Is the United States not tired of its role as the world policeman?
SLV: Whether it is IS, Ebola or the unrest in the Ukraine, the United States always take a leadership role. If others are not active, then we do it. That's what makes our nation. As an American of the 21st century, I see that borders are no longer barriers, whether social, humanitarian or economic. Every life has equal value. We need the people there to protect our values, but also respect the values of other nations.

Reporter: George W. Bush's presidency made anti-Americanism in Europe pervasive. Under President Obama, the USA was again popular. Does a return to those times not threaten if the war against IS becomes long?
SLV: I do not think the mood has changed much in recent years. I feel that the Swiss appreciate and love the USA, be it the music, the food or the country itself. The United States, especially New York, is the favorite holiday destination of the Swiss. Of course, there are always political measures with which not everyone agrees. But some people unfortunately mix sometimes political criticism with anti-Americanism.

Reporter: Many of your fellow citizens are suffering from the tough tax policies of their own government. Many of them even give up their citizenship. That must give you worries.
SLV: Most renounce their citizenship because they do not have much connection to the USA, and only their parents have lived there. For others it is a very difficult step. We look at their motives and try to solve the problems, along with the IRS, the U.S. Department of Justice, and also the Swiss Bankers Association. My predecessor Donald Beyer has participated in many meetings of Americans abroad and listened to them.

Reporter: Have you?
SLV: I have met some but I benefit from his preparation. I understand the problems of Americans living in Switzerland very well and try to help them. Next week I will fly to Washington D.C. and will speak with important people about the situation of our citizens in Switzerland. If we, with the Swiss banks, can take a step forward in the tax debate, I am confident that the situation of foreign-Americans will improve.

Reporter: Until then more Americans will be forced to renounce their citizenship.
SLV: I regret that. Because I want them to remain Americans. Being American is the greatest thing above all. We can be proud of so many things that our country does, nationally and internationally. But there will always be people who do not want their U.S. passport because of the missing personal connection to the country.

Reporter: In Switzerland it costs nothing to renounce citizenship. The U.S. government has increased the citizenship renunciation fee from $450 to $2,350.
SLV: I will not go into the details but the administrative costs of this process are very large. The fee did not previously cover the costs.

Reporter: Have you had problems yourself to open a Swiss bank account?
SLV: No I had no problems.

Reporter: Which bank accepted you?
SLV: This private information I do not want to share with you. But I have a bank account and can do my banking transactions.

Reporter: Even with a Swiss credit card?
SLV: Are you going to ask next for my Social Security number? (laughs)

Reporter: No, but for many Americans abroad it has become very difficult to find a bank which will not reject them.
SLV: Some banks are still working with U.S. customers and, as I said, we are working with the Swiss Bankers Association together to improve the situation.

Reporter: To what extent does the adoption of SVP immigration initiative concern you?
SLV: We still do not know what will be the real consequences. But we watch it very closely. I have spoken with American companies, large corporations as well as start-ups operating in Switzerland, because they want to be able to hire talent from abroad in Switzerland in the future.

Reporter: Have you considered speaking also with the Swiss government?
SLV: Of course, we look at the issue from all sides.

http://www.schweizamsonntag.ch/resso..._sichtbar_ist/
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Reporter: Which bank accepted you?
SLV: This private information I do not want to share with you. But I have a bank account and can do my banking transactions.
She shows a remarkable respect for the concept of banking secrecy
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Probably having diplomatic status means she can avoid the hoops her compatriots have to jump through when opening a bank account.
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She probably has enough cash that it's worth taking her on as a client. But I wish these appointees would have the same issues the rest of us do.
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Re: Interview with new US Ambassador

I stumbled across this interview today in the Berner Zeitung. Again with Suzi LeVine . .
https://bzgrafik.creatavist.com/schweizusa
It is the first time I have heard of Switzerland being referred to as an American "Sister Republic", a phrase I hope not to hear too often.
The interview text is German but the videos are presented in English.
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she seems well-intentioned, especially as far as ambassadorships go and considering that Switzerland falls reasonably far down the list in terms of the importance of strategic allies for the US. honestly, I am struggling to understand the sarcasm and animosity.




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SLV: I regret that. Because I want them to remain Americans. Being American is the greatest thing above all.
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I stumbled across this interview today in the Berner Zeitung. Again with Suzi LeVine . .
https://bzgrafik.creatavist.com/schweizusa
It is the first time I have heard of Switzerland being referred to as an American "Sister Republic", a phrase I hope not to hear too often.
The interview text is German but the videos are presented in English.
This has been used on several occasions, most prominently for this exhibition. It let to some controversy because the "Bundesbrief" was shown and some SVP parliaments were fearing for its safety.
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Re: Interview with new US Ambassador

DiploPundit has an article called US Ambassador Gets on Reddit, Not/Not Nearly as Funny as Anonymous FSO. The US Ambassador mentioned is, of course, none other than Suzan LeVine. Here's a question on Americans in Switzerland renouncing their citizenship due to Fatca and her reply:

"Reddit user: Do you have to deal with a lot of people revoking their US citizenship nowadays? Because it isn’t exactly easy being a dual citizen these days ever since FATCA came around.
AmbSuzi: I have deep empathy for those who are wrestling with this decision and situation right now. My team and I are actively working to alleviate some of the concerns."

I don't expect that a politically appointed ambassador like LeVine will be able to "alleviate" the crushing impact that Fatca is having on Americans here. The best thing she can do is ensure that there are sufficient embassy resources so that US citizens in Switzerland don't have to wait for months or travel to another country to renounce.
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DiploPundit has an article called US Ambassador Gets on Reddit, Not/Not Nearly as Funny as Anonymous FSO. The US Ambassador mentioned is, of course, none other than Suzan LeVine. Here's a question on Americans in Switzerland renouncing their citizenship due to Fatca and her reply:

"Reddit user: Do you have to deal with a lot of people revoking their US citizenship nowadays? Because it isn’t exactly easy being a dual citizen these days ever since FATCA came around.
AmbSuzi: I have deep empathy for those who are wrestling with this decision and situation right now. My team and I are actively working to alleviate some of the concerns."

I don't expect that a politically appointed ambassador like LeVine will be able to "alleviate" the crushing impact that Fatca is having on Americans here. The best thing she can do is ensure that there are sufficient embassy resources so that US citizens in Switzerland don't have to wait for months or travel to another country to renounce.
I honestly tire of repeatedly making the same point, but FATCA has very little actual impact on US citizens, since it merely imposes a disclosure obligation on both banks and individuals. the real issue is that FATCA has compelled dual citizens who had been ignoring their US tax filing obligation (or were not aware of it) for the last 50-60 years to start making the required filings. this, of course, is also exposing dual citizens to the obligation to pay taxes that they had not previously paid, and in some cases is resulting in heavy fines and penalties.

sure, FATCA is a PITA and can be viewed as a violation of privacy, and it definitely imposes additional costs on banks who do business with US citizens living abroad, but what really has people upset are US tax policies that have existed for several decades. hell, my Swiss tax return required the disclosure of bank statements, as well, including my bank accounts outside of Switzerland, so the US disclosure obligation as it relates to individuals is not terribly unusual.
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I honestly tire of repeatedly making the same point,
Then perhaps you should stop making it, since you're obviously ignoring part of the problem.

I agree that the filing requirements are a source of a burden for individuals (in terms of time and effort, not "privacy"), but FATCA has had the direct effect of banks refusing to do business with Americans, and reportedly (though I have no personal experience with this point) of Americans not being allowed to take certain jobs.

Not to mention the fact that it's morally wrong from an extraterritorial law and privacy point of view, of course.
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And thus it ever was, and ever shall be.

The US ambassador has zero impact on the lives of Americans overseas. And zero impact on foreign policy, and little impact on foreign relations. The ambassador's 'constituency' is the political party who gave him or her the appointment. The position - it's not a job, after all - is a political reward, nothing more. Expecting the ambassador to know, let alone care, about the lives of everyday Americans overseas is akin to tilting at windmills.

There are other fights more worthy of our attention.

the Job of a US ambassador to CH is to promote Commercial Relations and to improve the general Feelings but NOT to care for EXPATS
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