B-list singer Tony Bennett blamed America for the 9/11 terrorist attacks and said World War II soldiers were cowards in an appearance on Monday morning’s Howard Stern Show.
Bennett refused to discuss the past drug use that resulted in an OD and appears to have left him a few tomatoes short of a Whopper. He also didn’t discuss how he dodged paying taxes in the 1970s and ran up debt to the point of bankruptcy. He was, however, quick to reveal that he thinks Americans might have just as well flew the planes into the buildings on 9/11. He also credits the machinery rather than the men who operated it for America’s victory in World War II.
Let’s be clear. Tony Bennett was a nobody until everyone else from that era who sang that kind of music died, leaving him the last man standing. If you want to sing songs of his era and you want to do it with a guy who was there to bring some kind of authenticity to the project, you have no choice but to sing with Tony Bennett. When there was a choice, Tony Bennett was nowhere.
Tony Bennett on 9/11
“To start a war in Iraq was a tremendous, tremendous mistake internationally,” [Bennett] said.
Stern then asked Bennett about how America should deal with terrorists, specifically those responsible for the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center.
“But who are the terrorists? Are we the terrorists or are they the terrorists? Two wrongs don’t make a right,” Bennett said.
In a soft-spoken voice, the singer disagreed with Stern’s premise that 9/11 terrorists’ actions led to U.S. military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“They flew the plane in, but we caused it,” Bennett responded. “Because we were bombing them and they told us to stop.”
Tony Bennett on World War II
“I’m anti-war,” he said. “It’s the lowest form of human behavior.”
Drafted by the U.S. Army in November 1944, Bennett served as an infantryman in Europe, moving across France, and later into Germany.
“The Germans were frightened. We were frightened. Nobody wanted to kill anybody when we were on the line, but the weapons were so strong that it overcame us and everybody else.”