posted on May, 9 2013 @ 07:16 PM
Patton was, by the time of his death, already way out of step with the emerging political thinking.
He had frequently been a pain in the ass for his superiors, and they were careful not to afford him anywhere near as much power and influence as other
Allied Generals such as MacArthur.
There is nothing in his biography that would have suggested (to me) that he was likely to run for office after retiring, and by all accounts his war
was over, after an amazing career. I just don't think its likely that he posed a threat to anyone other than his own legacy and I'm not entirely
sure how well he would have coped with life as a retired war hero.
By contrast MacArthur went on to command a significant position as administrator of Japan and the entire Pacific region for the next ten years.
Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of the man, but he was not by any measure a political animal and Europe at the time was so full of generals, that
he didn't pose any threat given the forces under his command at the time.
Above all he was an American Patriot, with an outstanding military career behind him, if he was ordered to tone down the rhetoric, I'm sure he would
have complied and been put out to pasture without the need to resort to any sort of underhand and nefarious methods such as a contrived assassination.
Simply put, I just don't buy it.