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Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 09/20/2011

Tony Bennett makes controversial 9/11 remark: The terrorists ‘flew the plane in, but we caused it’

Tony Bennett attends his 85th Birthday Gala Benefit for Exploring the Arts at the Metropolitan Opera House. (Jemal Countess - Getty Images for Tony Bennett)
Tony Bennett stopped by Howard Stern’s radio show Monday to promote his new CD, “Duets II.” In the midst of talk about singing partner Lady Gaga and his service during World War II, the legendary crooner made a controversial remark about America’s role in the 9/11 attacks.

“Are we the terrorists or are they the terrorists? Two wrongs don’t make a right,” Bennett told Stern after being asked about how America should handle terrorism.

“They [the terrorists] flew the plane in, but we caused it,” Bennett continued. “Because we were bombing them and they told us to stop.”

The 85-year-old said serving in World War II, and seeing a dead German soldier for the first time, made him “anti-war” and a “pacifist.”

“It’s the lowest form of human behavior,” he said.

He extended this pacifism to the war in Iraq, which he said “was a tremendous, tremendous mistake internationally.”

Bennett also claimed that at the 2005 Kennedy Center Honors, then-President George W. Bush told him of the Iraq conflict, “I think I made a mistake.”

Listen to the segment below, via Howard TV, ABC News, Mediaite.

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