Patton’s military career was pretty much finished at the end of WWII because of his political views and outspoken attitude. There was no need to kill him.
I agree. To some Patton was a pain in the ass because he had the audacity to observe that the king wore no clothes. In other words he spoke openly about things he didn’t agree with.
That said, from everything I’ve read most of the heat to get rid of Patton came from the press (sound familiar) which for one reason or another had taken a disliking to him. I suspect it was because he didn’t treat them like WWII was all about them. The media dogged him for “gotcha” moments or created them out of thin air.
Patton was America’s best fighting general and, despite the “Blood and Guts” label hung on him his units took far fewer casualties than did Bradley’s—or any other general’s— units. Moreover, soldiers who served under Patton come across as being proud of the man and their accomplishments when interviewed.
But Bradley was a politician first and a soldier second. Because of his sycophant association with the media, the scribblers awarded him the title of a “Soldiers General”. Interestingly, I’ve not observed the same level of enthusiasm for Bradley from folks who served under him.
I’m sure there was plenty of envy from other generals because Patton’s skills as a leader, tactician and fighter were so much better than theirs. I’ve always wondered whether or not the Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge) would have happened if Patton was in charge and not Bradley.
In anyh case, I don’t believe that envy or his criticisms would have been sufficient to have him murdered. That’s a big step.
In reality, Patton was a war hero to many, and combined with his political views and outspoken attitude, that would have made him a serious contender in political circles.
He'd have had to watch his language in that day and age, but he'd have had a following. He and MacArthur were serious warriors who would have been (and in MacArthur's case was) a serious thorn in the side of the politicians, and who would not have tolerated well the policies of limited warfare versus kicking a$$ and winning unconditionally.
No, they would not have played well with the UN and the globalists, but Americans likely would have agreed with that. It has taken nearly three generations of programming from elementary school up to get a following for this globalist crap.