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Tony Bennett & George Bush: A Private Admission

September 20, 2011

Tony Bennett raised eyebrows in a recent interview with Howard Stern when he proclaimed that “we caused” the 9/11 attacks and former President George W. Bush admitted to him that the Iraq war was a mistake.

“They flew the plane in, but we caused it,” the 85-year-old crooner told Stern on his Sirius Radio show Monday night. “Because we were bombing them and they told us to stop.”

Bennett’s controversial answer came after Stern asked the World War II vet how the U.S. should deal with the terrorists responsible for toppling the Twin Towers. “But who are the terrorists?” Bennett said, according to ABC News. “Are we the terrorists or are they the terrorists? Two wrongs don’t make a right.”

Bennett went on to describe a night in 2005 when then-President Bush made a frank admission to him about the war in Iraq. The pair were at an event at the Kennedy Center honoring Bennett. “He told me that night that, he said, ‘I think I made a mistake,'” said Bennett, who was appearing on the show to promote his new album.

Bennett said that the president made this revelation because “he had a special liking to me.”

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