Here is a political reality check.
1. The US public opinion OPPOSED entry into WWII until Pearl Harbor, led by conservative Republicans.
2. It is easy to oppose the Soviets in retrospect, but at the time they were our vital ally. We had won WWII together.
3. There is NO WAY the US public would have favored a continuation of WWII, turned against our ally the Soviets.
I have no opinion about Patton’s demise, but I generally am skeptical about conspiracies.
Far too many involved.
There are several other critical factors to consider:
1. A vast majority of Americans considered Japan - not Nazi Germany - to be the main enemy.
2. Perhaps in official Washington and among elites the Soviet Union was considered an ally; but for most Americans the alliance with the USSR was a war time union of convenience.
3. Agreed, the American public would never have consented to a continuation of WWII against the Soviet Union, but Americans would never consent to Soviet domination of Eastern Europe.
posted on 03/20/2014 8:50:54 AM PDT
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