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Tony Bennett on 9/11 Attacks: ‘They Flew the Plane in, But We Caused It’
ABC News ^ | Sept. 19, 2011 | Brian Canova

Posted on 09/20/2011 4:14:05 AM PDT by iowamark

American icon Tony Bennett took to the airwaves at Sirius Radio to promote his new album, “Duets II,” but it’s what he said about war, peace, terrorism, and who was to blame for the Sept. 11 terror attacks that could get people talking.

Sitting down with Howard Stern on Monday, the 85-year-old singer dodged questions about his sex life and prior drug use. He did so with a laugh, but matters about the U.S. military and 9/11 were fair game, and on these topics the Grammy winner held little back...

“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.”...

Bennett, 65 years after leaving his military life behind, has sold over 50 million albums and developed definite opinions about other wars involving the United States...

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.”

Following seconds of silence, Stern said that his guest was “making some good points.”

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 10thanniversary; 911; bennett; blameamericafirst; dopeydems; tonybennett
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1 posted on 09/20/2011 4:14:09 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: iowamark

Singers should stick to singing. Most of them sound like idiots when they make political comments.


2 posted on 09/20/2011 4:17:03 AM PDT by Cracker Jack (If it weren't for the democrats, republicans would be the worst thing in Washington.)
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To: iowamark

Senility is a terrible thing.


3 posted on 09/20/2011 4:18:51 AM PDT by Zippo44 (Liberal: another word for poltroon.)
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To: iowamark

He left his heart in San Francisco.


4 posted on 09/20/2011 4:19:09 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: iowamark

Bump


5 posted on 09/20/2011 4:19:19 AM PDT by lowbridge (Rep. Dingell: "Its taken a long time.....to control the people.")
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To: iowamark

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.”...

Don’t you just hate it when that happens! People are just innocently sitting their and these darn weapons overcome us and make us KILL! /Sarcasm


6 posted on 09/20/2011 4:19:31 AM PDT by jakerobins
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To: jakerobins

Worse even than SUVs.


7 posted on 09/20/2011 4:21:59 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: iowamark

Headline should read:

Tony Benntt wonders “who are the real terrorists”... U.S. or Al Queda?


8 posted on 09/20/2011 4:25:05 AM PDT by nhwingut (Palin '12... Accept No Other)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

I think he left his brain there, too.


9 posted on 09/20/2011 4:25:09 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
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To: iowamark

I haven’t had any use for Bennett since he showed up at all the lefty candidates fund raisers these past few years. When he comes on the radio, I turn him off. Would be nice if these jerks stuck to their talent. What’s that old saying? Shut up and sing.


10 posted on 09/20/2011 4:25:32 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: iowamark
He claims to be anti-war because it's the "lowest form of human behavior." Then he justifies the terrorists' actions against the United States as self-defense. He admits, then, that war can be justifiable under certain circumstances.
11 posted on 09/20/2011 4:27:10 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: iowamark

He is starting to sound just like Appeasement Paul and his band of surrender monkeys.


12 posted on 09/20/2011 4:27:43 AM PDT by rideharddiefast
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To: PBRSTREETGANG
He left his heart in San Francisco.

Probably his virginity as well.

13 posted on 09/20/2011 4:27:58 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: iowamark

In the words of Laura Ingraham: “Shut up and sing”

On 2nd thought, don’t sing either.


14 posted on 09/20/2011 4:28:54 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: iowamark

“I’m anti-war,” he said. “It’s the lowest form of human behavior.”

You sir are an IDIOT...
So my father and tens of thousands of other soldiers who fought and many died to free Europe an liberate the Jews were practicing the lowest form of human behavior??


15 posted on 09/20/2011 4:30:02 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: iowamark

Rule #1: If you’re an 85 year old celebrity, you don’t go on the Howard Stern show.


16 posted on 09/20/2011 4:32:10 AM PDT by ReleaseTheHounds ("The problem with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money." M. Thatcher)
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To: iowamark

The lowest form of human behavior is to live in freedom and liberty and denounce those that died to provide it for you..


17 posted on 09/20/2011 4:32:23 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: iowamark

Bennett is a talented guy, but his politics have always been pure moonbat.


18 posted on 09/20/2011 4:33:45 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Rick Perry has more red flags than a May Day Parade)
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To: iowamark

Take your walker and drool someplace else you has been


19 posted on 09/20/2011 4:42:15 AM PDT by bikerman
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To: iowamark

I supposed all those women stoned to death for being raped are responsible for their crimes as well.


20 posted on 09/20/2011 4:43:32 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

It is painful to hear people explain things that they do not understand. It is obvious from his comments that Tony Bennett did not even know why he was in the war.


21 posted on 09/20/2011 4:44:13 AM PDT by Ghengis
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To: iowamark
Years ago, I asked my folks why they had never owned any Tony Bennett records even though their collection had been rather eclectic for the time and place.

"He's a jerk," was my dad's reply. Indeed.

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22 posted on 09/20/2011 4:45:56 AM PDT by niteowl77 ("Romneycare," he said as he turned and walked away.)
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To: Ghengis

I find it funny that your most militantly anti-war types are often the most violent people around.


23 posted on 09/20/2011 4:46:14 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Rick Perry has more red flags than a May Day Parade)
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To: iowamark

No, liberalism is the lowest form of human behavior.

Pray for America


24 posted on 09/20/2011 4:46:40 AM PDT by bray (Palin is hated by the establishment of both Parties. Winner!)
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To: Cracker Jack

Tony Bennett has always been a left-wing loon - this has nothing to do with his age as suggested by the dopes on Fox & Friends. Great singer, total moron in real life.

And maybe his infamous herpes is starting up again...


25 posted on 09/20/2011 4:47:16 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Run, Sarah, Run! Please!)
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To: iowamark

Ah ok I got it. Thanks for the explanation, Tony, wuz wondering about this.


26 posted on 09/20/2011 4:52:01 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: iowamark

Awwwwwwww, Tony.... Why?


27 posted on 09/20/2011 4:53:57 AM PDT by ScottinVA (With "successes" like the Libya adventure, who needs failure?)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG
He left his heart in San Francisco.

And his brain...

I knew he was a dem, but damn....

28 posted on 09/20/2011 4:55:43 AM PDT by ScottinVA (With "successes" like the Libya adventure, who needs failure?)
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To: iowamark
“They flew the plane in, but we caused it,” Bennett responded. “Because we were bombing them and they told us to stop.”

Whom were we bombing (prior to 9/11/01), exactly? Bennett isn't clear. But then again he's not even clear about why we fought WW2, so clarity of mind appears not to be his strong suit.

29 posted on 09/20/2011 4:55:57 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: iowamark

“has sold over 50 million albums”

...try selling 50 million in Yemen or Iran you %#@$ America hating apologist SOB!


30 posted on 09/20/2011 4:57:16 AM PDT by albie
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To: SECURE AMERICA
The lowest form of human behavior is to live in freedom and liberty and denounce those that died to provide it for you..

Well stated.

31 posted on 09/20/2011 4:57:51 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: jakerobins

The Germans were frightened Tony?

Frightened of what, missing the last thread of clothing stripped from 10’s of thousands of Jewish mothers and their children before shooting them and burying them alive in trenches? Afraid a starving Polish refugee might get a morsel of food before carting them off to their deaths on the cattle trains?

Afraid of what Tony? You Anti-Semite SOB!

They damn well should have been afraid of US retaliation!


32 posted on 09/20/2011 4:58:00 AM PDT by poobear (Facts, the TURD in the punchbowl of Liberal thought!)
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To: iowamark

Shut up and sing.

Jerk.

How does Mr. Bennett think the US got here? By falling out of the sky?

The US got here because of patriots willing to risk everything to make the nation possible.


33 posted on 09/20/2011 5:00:02 AM PDT by RexBeach
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To: miss marmelstein

[...this has nothing to do with his age...]

At 72, I truly hope this true. I’d hate to think that what future I have left will be spent without any basic reasoning power what-so-ever.


34 posted on 09/20/2011 5:01:14 AM PDT by RetSignman (It's Summertime...the "Goebbles Warmers" are back from hibernation.)
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To: iowamark
This is one album that I'll be saving money by not buying.

Tony Bennet left both his heart and his brain in San Francisco.

35 posted on 09/20/2011 5:02:03 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages.)
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To: iowamark

Some way some how I’ve missed this part of Bennett’s persona. Maybe I’ve had blinders on because of my love for his music. My music collection both vinyl and CD is full of his music. Now I’m torn. Do I can it, refuse to listen to him any longer or never buy any of his offerings again? Or do I do all three? Why can’t these folks just keep their mouth shut?


36 posted on 09/20/2011 5:03:19 AM PDT by animal172 (Please Lord. Come get the liberals.)
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To: poobear

Amen....funny how two old men who once had pretty good repoutations are EXPOSING THEMSELVES as Leftist Fools and Tools.


37 posted on 09/20/2011 5:03:55 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: iowamark

38 posted on 09/20/2011 5:05:43 AM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: ReleaseTheHounds

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

Well, there you have it. When your enemy tells you to stop, just cease all hostilities. Simple.

Thank God “If I Ruled the World” is only one of his songs.


39 posted on 09/20/2011 5:13:28 AM PDT by VideoPaul
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To: Cracker Jack

Hey, be nice to Bruce Springsteen!!


40 posted on 09/20/2011 5:15:49 AM PDT by VideoPaul
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To: PBRSTREETGANG
"He left his heart in San Francisco."

Yeah, but where did he leave his common sense?

41 posted on 09/20/2011 5:16:40 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: Ann Archy

Too easy. Like shooting fish in a barrel.

These two morons should be thanking G-d they were able to make in this world at all! I’m surprised Howard didn’t call him out being a Jew and all. Then again, NY Jews always surprise this Gentile!


42 posted on 09/20/2011 5:17:29 AM PDT by poobear (Facts, the TURD in the punchbowl of Liberal thought!)
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To: iowamark
Years ago, Bennett was asked to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" before a sports event.

He declined saying, "I don't sing war songs."

43 posted on 09/20/2011 5:17:35 AM PDT by Dr. Thorne (Fall on your knees before Christ, your only salvation!)
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To: poobear

The OTHER fool I was talking about was Warren Buffett.


44 posted on 09/20/2011 5:20:05 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: iowamark
So we were bombing Saudi Arabia? Mr. Bennett,there is no fool like an old fool. What a stooge! Just say it Tony. “Bushes Fault!”
45 posted on 09/20/2011 5:39:23 AM PDT by 4yearlurker (I've been dipping into my jar full of Hope & Change just to buy gas!!)
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To: iowamark
Tony Bennett on 9/11 Attacks: ‘They Flew the Plane in, But We Caused It’

Well, since he confessed, he should be arrested and taken to Gitmo immediately. We need to find out who else he conspired with.

46 posted on 09/20/2011 5:39:46 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER ( Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: iowamark

I think he has the sequence of events wrong.


47 posted on 09/20/2011 5:42:22 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: Zippo44

Yep

I had an uncle that was a Pearl Harbor survivor.

In the later years of his life he was blaming the US for causing the attack, and the Japanese were justified in attacking Pearl Harbor.


48 posted on 09/20/2011 6:12:11 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: Ann Archy

Oh. Him too.


49 posted on 09/20/2011 6:17:33 AM PDT by poobear (Facts, the TURD in the punchbowl of Liberal thought!)
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To: RetSignman

You have nothing to worry about. Tony Bennett is as crazy as a loon. He even thinks he’s a painter but he really should be painting houses, not canvases. I’ve seen some of his work and it’s embarrassing.

I predict a happy and healthy and intellegent future for you, lol!!!


50 posted on 09/20/2011 6:19:55 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Run, Sarah, Run! Please!)
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