Politics

Tony Bennett: U.S. Foreign Policy Led to 9/11, Bush Regrets Iraq

| by Michael Allen

During an interview with radio shock jock Howard Stern, legendary singer Tony Bennett said that U.S. involvement in the Middle East helped lead to the 9/11 attacks: "They flew the plane in, but we caused it. Because we were bombing them and they told us to stop."

Bennett's answer came after Stern asked the World War II vet how the U.S. should deal with the terrorists responsible for 9/11.

Bennett answered: "But who are the terrorists? Are we the terrorists or are they the terrorists? Two wrongs don't make a right."

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He went on to describe a night in 2005 when President Bush privately regretted the invasion of Iraq during a Kennedy Center gala honoring Bennett.

"He told me personally that night that, he said, 'I think I made a mistake,'" said Bennett, who believed that the president made this revelation because "he had a special liking to me."

"To start a war in Iraq was a tremendous, tremendous mistake internationally," Bennett added.