Tony Bennett Tells Howard Stern: ‘We Caused 9/11’

Legendary Entertainer Later Backs Off, Says U.S. 'Greatest Country In The World'

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Maybe he should have left his mouth in San Francisco.

Legendary crooner Tony Bennett, 85, appeared on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM show on Monday night to promote his upcoming release “Duets II.” The conversation took a bizarre turn after Stern asked Bennett, a veteran of World War II, how the United States should deal with the terrorists who were responsible for destroying the World Trade Center.

Bennett: “Are we the terrorists or are they the terrorists? Two wrongs don’t make a right.”

Stern: “They are the ones who started it — flying that plane into the World Trade Center. What do you do?”

Bennett:  “I don’t know about that.”

Stern: “Are you one of those conspiracy guys who actually thinks they didn’t fly the plane…that the government started it?”

Bennett: “They flew the plane in but we caused it.”

Stern: “Why?”

Bennett: “Because we were bombing them and they told us to stop.”

Bennett then went on to describe an encounter with President George W. Bush at the Kennedy Center in 2005 where Bennett was being honored. Regarding the war in Iraq, “He told me personally that night that, he said, ‘I think I made a mistake,'” said Bennett.

Bennett told Stern he believed that the president made the revelation because “he had a special liking to me.”

Late Tuesday afternoon, Bennett released a statement saying: “I am sorry if my statements suggested anything other than an expression of my love for my country, my hope for humanity, and my desire for peace throughout the world.

He later added, “I was accused of not loving America, and it’s the greatest country in the world.”

Bennett wanted to make sure not to overshadow his granddaughter’s art show on Tuesday night in SoHo, and when CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis talked to her all she would say is that he has a history of strong opinions.

“My grandfather’s a pacifist, he’s anti-war,” Kelsey Bennett said.

But Tony Bennett has hurt the feelings of Maureen and Al Santora of Astoria, Queens. They live just blocks from where Bennett was born and lost their son Christopher, a firefighter, on 9/11.

“It’s upsetting because it brings up the issue again,” Al Santora said.

“He’s one of ours and it saddens me that he’s talking in this crazy manner,” Maureen Santora added.

What do you think of Tony Bennett’s comments? Sound Off below

  • j

    Several of the individuals that provided logistical support for the 9/11 Al Quida attack on the World Trade Center are currently residing in Milpitas California.

    They may include several former and current employees from the C.I.A., D.O.J., D.O.D, pre- Home Land Security agencies and non-governmental agencies.

    Most Americans realize that not one person involved with helping the 9/11 attacks occur have ever been brought to justice.

    Yet how is it that majority of the terrorists could not speak English, 12 of the 9/11 terrorists could live for 2 weeks just 2 miles from NSA head quarters in Maryland, take flight simulator lessons on Jumbo jet trainers, they needed lodging, several of them where on State department terror watch lists, etc…

    It just makes sense that a logistic support network existed before and after the attacks. After the attacks they helped mislead the 9/11 investigation by capturing patsy’s designed to take the fall.

    • Rodin

      Oh my….

  • Andy

    it’s a duty of every true American patriot and citizen to question and scrutinize the government’s decisions and deeds. this is the foundation of democracy and a part of “checks-and-balances” the Founding Fathers imbedded into the design of the government. Kudos to Tony for having the guts to publicly question what the propaganda machine has been pouring into our minds for 10 years.

  • Johnny Handsome

    Welcome to American. We are not longer free to say what we want without the anti-Americans coming out the floor like the roaches they are. Hey people, Remember land of the free, Home of the brave? You people are preaching the exact opposite of America and are too blinded by manufactured hatred to see it. Remember what it was you pledge when you put your hand on your heart and looked at the old Red, White and Blue? You pledge you’d fight and defend the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. You didn’t pledge to defend corruption and greedy elected officials. How dare you questions a mans mental state for simply stating his opinion! America is dead when a man can’t say what he believes with out being hounded. You are not Americans. You belong in China.

  • Scott

    I hate what he said, he’s wrong. How many Americans agree with him and justify “the anti American sentiment”? BS on that!

    I believe he has the right to free speech and I will defend that as it seems we are not allowed to speak out against muslims that want to live hear but not truly become a part of America.

    • Johnny Handsome

      You hate what he said because it makes you question your truths. If some country were bombing and Killing Americans daily for years, would we not sooner or later fight back? What goes around will soon come around. Simple.

  • joe

    context, grain of salt and war veteran. All I would say to it I wasn’t there and did not here the whole thing and it will never be reported in it’s entire form either. just a media sound bite now!

  • Johnny Handsome

    To all you sheep out there who think Tony is crazy – YOU ARE NOT AMERICAN. YOU ARE A NAZI! YOU ARE A TRAITOR TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. You are lower the dirt. You deserve your fate.



  • Rodin

    “Every time we do something you tell me America will do this and will do that . .. I want to tell you something very clear: Don’t worry about American pressure on Israel. We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it.”

    “Every time anyone says that Israel is our only friend in the Middle East, I can’t help but think that before Israel, we had no enemies in the Middle East.”
    Jesuit priest and missionary

  • Abe Bird

    Tony Bennet has the right to be stupid.

  • Maryjo

    I like Tony Bennett but I think at his age he is suffering from Alzheimer or some sort of Dimentia and I think he left his BRAIN in San Francisco.

  • Wrath

    America will fall and it deserves it. A lot of you deserve what’s coming. Remember I said that. Anyone who refuses to hear the other side…you’re the cause of our decline. Hope you starve.

  • Kevin Riley O

    What Tony Bennett said was entirely rational, and very much correct and astute. But if you don’t agree, is there some possibility you can explain WHY you don’t agree, instead of just citing a lot of emotive nonsense and neo-“conservative” sloganeering? Why does the U.S. have a right to spend the 1990s killing over half a million Arab Muslims in Iraq, and then to expect that no one will attempt a retaliatory strike against us? Is that not insane and/or profoundly stupid?

    Hitler killed six million Jews, and Bill Clinton killed over half a million Arab Muslims. Does that not make Clinton at least 1/12th as bad as Hitler? And if not, why not?

  • kevin

    One thing that we all forget we let them in the country,we trained them to fly the planes so who is at fault ?????????

    • Wrath

      Exactly. We were better off when we only let in people from Europe. But that’s “racist” to say.
      Never mind that I stick up for the nonwhite Muslims.

  • michaelfury

    ”Are we the terrorists or are they the terrorists?”

    Depends on who “we” and “they” are, Tony.



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  • AnnonUSA

    We as a Nation have forgotten the concept of freedom of speech, freedom of expression and freedom of thought.

    Anyone that believes that Islamic hatred of America, whether just of not, is not at least partly the fault of our Governments policies is denying the facts. The truth is as Americans we would never tolerate foreign military bases on American soil, or the heavy handed influence of a foreign government on our own.

    How would America react to a Russian or Chinese demand that our President step down, or dismantle our government?

    What I see is an attitude that excludes all possibilities of cause and effect. Americans seem myopic when it comes to seeing things from another point of view.

    I am in no way condoning the 9/11 attacks, or any terrorist attacks. But to say they hate and despise us without reason is wrong. I am appalled at the viewpoint of many posters here that refuse to accept that there is a cause and effect for most acts committed by men, even madmen.

    To avenge the death of 3000 Americans on 9/11, we sent 6,200 young American troops to their death on foreign soil. We have killed or maimed many many thousands more on both sides of the conflict, and we have taken freedoms from our own citizens. Wars make money for Defense contractors and World Banks on the misery of others. The Banks finance both sides and there is always one winner in any war, the Bankers.

    Anyway Keep speaking Tony, your message is not misunderstood by all, just by those too closed minded to think as Humans not just Americans.

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