Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly spoke about General George Patton on The Glenn Beck Program Wednesday, discussing the possibility that the general was killed by the Russians and sharing historical artifacts related to the military leader.
The Fox News host recently released "Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General," in which he makes the case that the Russians were behind Patton's death.
"They killed him because he wanted to fight the Russians after World War II, after the collapse of the Third Reich," O'Reilly stated. "He believed that Stalin and the Russian hierarchy were going to try to take over the world. They were not going to give up the occupied lands, and he was very vocal about it. And Stalin, weakened after the brutal fight with the Reich, didn't want that to get out. So the Russians went after Patton and they got him."
O'Reilly said Patton's death in an automobile accident has been investigated a number of times, but the investigation was always woefully inadequate.
"Nobody can find the records. No autopsy after Patton was taken to the hospital partially paralyzed. He was talking to the nurses, drinking cognac. He goes to sleep, he winds up dead," O'Reilly said. "Nobody knows why. They put his body in the ground -- they couldn't get it in the ground fast enough. So there's a lot of suspicious stuff that we lay out in the book."
O'Reilly said Patton's death in an automobile accident in Germany has always interested him.
"One day later he was supposed to go back to the United States to do a speaking tour where he was going to expose the Soviet Union and Stalin, and then all of the sudden an Army truck smashes into his vehicle in broad daylight for no reason," O'Reilly said. "And all the records disappear of the investigation of the accident. That piqued my interest."
O'Reilly said his team also investigated the plant where Soviet scientists were making a traceless poison, which they used to assassinate a number of people. He suggested it was possible Patton was exposed to the poison after he survived the accident.
Beck asked O'Reilly whether he believes Patton's body should be exhumed for more evidence.
"We are calling for that," O'Reilly said. "We are calling for the investigation into the death of General Patton to be re-opened because it certainly -- the Army bears a tremendous responsibility for losing virtually every single document associated with that death. So we think it should be reopened, and I lay out the evidence that we compiled very vividly. And I could be wrong. I'm not saying 100 percent certainty, but there's enough evidence in there, compelling evidence to reopen the investigation. Absolutely."
O'Reilly said that if Patton hadn't died, he may have run for president.
"He wasn't that political, he wasn't Eisenhower, but he was fed up," O'Reilly said. "He didn't feel World War II was fought the right way. He was at loggerheads with Truman; Truman didn't like Patton at all. So absolutely, Patton could've come back. He was a national hero. He could've toured the country, and I think he would've had enough juice to run for president. And so did a lot of people in Washington."
Beck proceeded to show O'Reilly a number of historical artifacts connected to the general, including a letter where he speculated that he might not survive the war, the buttons from Patton's uniform, a Christmas letter the general wrote to his mother, and the flag that flew at his funeral.
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