Comments: JUNE 6, 1944. Patton: Links in a Great Chain

While I love Patton, and the speech, there is a slight problem: The speech was to the 3rd Army.

The US 3rd Army was not activated until noon on 1 August 1944 (with Gen. George Patton commanding.) This was almost two months after the D-Day Invasion.

Sorry :\

Posted by Innismir at June 6, 2008 11:20 AM

"Kill off the goddamn cowards and we'll have a nation of brave men"

I recently read somewhere that a 'self-confessed war protester' from Vietnam stated that in reality he wasn't against the war, but more along the idea that he was afraid to go to the war and get killed, and that the majority of the Anti-Vietnam War protesters were 80% motivated by fear (read cowardice) of going to the war.

Read into it what you will but it definately shows what happened to America...

Posted by Big Country at June 6, 2008 11:50 AM

Looks like Geo. S. Patton never met a modern Democrat. During his time even Democrats wanted to win wars. This is the kind of change Obama believes in.

Posted by Zelsdorf Ragshaft III at June 6, 2008 12:07 PM

"Kill off the goddamn cowards..."

What about 'canary bird' McCain?

You've heard about 'canary bird' McCain?

With your rule McCain is...

Posted by BrotherBoneHead at June 6, 2008 08:59 PM

Bonehead. Ya may want to read up on what others that were there said about him.

Posted by Matt at June 7, 2008 02:14 PM

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Thanks for for the PR.

Posted by Matt at June 7, 2008 07:58 PM

Mr. Owens, no snark intended, and no disrespect, either, of General Patton, a man of great personal bravery and tactical excellence.... but what exactly fuels the ongoing love of the right-wing with perhaps the oddest duck who ever gained fame in the modern U.S. Army?

By that I mean that the U.S. Army has always produced magnificent general officers.... and, unlike Patton, those equally skilled (if not so famous generals) didn't suffer from manic-depressive disorder, didn't crudely brag about cheating on their wives, didn't smack soldiers suffering from combat fatigue, didn't manipulate enemy-casualty statistics to make their victories look even bigger than they were, didn't go out of their way to humiliate their subordinates, didn't make a fetish of army chickenshit in the front lines, didn't live like royalty at their headquarters, didn't beat civilians with their swagger sticks, didn't urge soldiers to shoot enemy prisoners, didn't cover up war crimes in their commands, didn't expound on the need to execute their social inferiors, didn't hold extreme racist and anti-semitic views, and didn't literally revel in death and destruction.....

I'd suspect that if any one of our sons was ever handed a helmet and rifle and told to fight a war, we'd rather he serve under a General Ridgway or Gavin or Abrams or Bond or Walt or Davis or Ware--men who were great soldiers, but humane, too--than someone like Patton.

Many an American GI in North Africa, Sicily, and Europe would have loved to have blown Patton's head off.

Again, of all the great generals this country has produced, why the right-wing fetish with Patton?

I mean, to celebrate D-Day, you talk about Patton, and not a general who actually participated in the Normandy landing!

Posted by KeithNolan at June 8, 2008 04:41 AM

Yeah neither of those two idiots above are me.

Posted by The Real Matt at June 9, 2008 09:26 PM