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Oh Boy! Tony Bennett Says U.S. Caused 9/11 Attacks

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We hope your publicist has got their game face on, Tony! Some serious damage control is imminent after these comments.

Yesterday, Tony Bennett appeared on the Howard Stern Show to discuss his new album Duets II, but the conversation ended up heading into a more controversial direction.

Here's what Tony had to say about 9/11, when the subject of the World Trade Center attacks came up:

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

"They flew the plane in, but we caused it, because we were bombing them and they told us to stop."

There are certainly varying opinions on what caused 9/11, but we have a feeling that people DON'T want to hear this right now…ESPECIALLY since the 10 year anniversary of the tragic event took place so recently.

Maybe you should have stuck to a discussion of your new album, Tony. Just sayin'!

What do U think about Tony Bennett's 9/11 comments?

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78 comments to “Oh Boy! Tony Bennett Says U.S. Caused 9/11 Attacks”

  1. 1

    Listen, 9/11 is a sore subject for almost every American out there, a true source of heartache. But we all have an opinion on it as well. Many believe this could have been avoided with cutting ties early on with these people and some don't. It's opinion, just like the opinion that the majority of the rest of the world do not see us as do-gooders, but a group that buts our noses in where it doesn't belong and yes, even terrorists in our own right. That being said, may be we should stop running to the aid of all these other countries and focus in on our own for a while so that we can get back up on our feet.

  2. 2

    Hey, man. Is he not able to speak his mind? You may not agree with him but don't human beings have a right to their own opinions? I guess not…

  3. 3

    So not only does lady gaga support taras and tierras by giving them born this way as their theme song but she is also proud to be on this assholes new duets cd? Unbelievable

  4. 4

    Tony Bennets new song is called I left my heart and little dick in my big mouth. Bennett should only comment on his herpes condition. I have now smashed every Tony Bennett album that I have and will never buy pr listen to another Bennett song. He has offended the entire country.

  5. 5

    So what. This is a guy that has lived a long life and even served in WW2. He is entitled to his opinion. On Howard he never clarified what he meant by his comments. But years decades of bad policy did nothing to avoid 911.

  6. Shark says – reply to this


    americans view themselves as saviours of the world…while those of us outside..i am canadian..see some of the places and things they (US) get into as butting their nose in…or only going into places where they get something out of it…like oil and gas….while ignoring other suffering countries. there is always excuses as they bomb away…bomb away. i am sorry..but he is entitled to an opinion and it is not the only person who thinks this way. cities full of people and small children too at that…get blown to smithereens…every day by US lead military and no coverage on it. do you really think these people did this horrible act just for no reason?

  7. 7

    such an illustrious career ,yet you'll be remembered for being un -american , demented old man.shame on you..you just broke my heart !i have been one of your biggest fans…not any more !

  8. 8

    I think Tony is in the early stages of dementia, and not just because of this comment. I could have sworn when he was on AI last summer that he forgot the words to the song he was singing. He is getting up there in age, and my grandma has stared to say weird stuff like that too

  9. 9

    Shark: You are so right! I never commented here before, but I felt I had to say something, and I totally agree with your comment. I'm Canadian too, and I may piss people off here, and sorry, but yes 9/11 was sa and tragic and all, thepeople who lost their lives where innocent, but the us government has been terrorizing countries in the middle east for decades, think of all the innocent lives lost over there!! They continue to this die to terrorize…THe us IS NOT that innocent, and to be frank I'm getting so annoyed with hearing about9/11 and "oh poor us…” Open your eyes people and look whats really going on!!!

  10. 10

    He's not wrong. Shame on the INS for not doing their job keeping track of those who's visas expire - like those who were on the planes. Shame on those who instructed them to fly a plane but not land a plane - big flags right there. Americans fly around the world embarrassing themselves and the rest of us with their obnoxious "we are American" attitude instead of engaging in the customs of the rest of the world. I identify myself as a New Yorker which is a much more acceptable homeland. I am a native New York City resident. These attacks could have been avoided but it was a very smart attack. The US & it's citizens have to remember that "we" cause a lot of trouble in the world. Remember how we are at war bec Bush lied to us. How many people have died over lies. And then how everyone freaked out on 9/11 - but NYers were out and about unafraid. Until we all learn to accept differences in cultures and ideas (and just look to DC for the "leaders" infighting), and shelf our own egos and operate from a "greater good" mentality instead of "look at all the crap I have" insanity, we will not do better. Tony is not wrong. We did nothing to avoid such an attack.

  11. 11

    Re: rayrayrayray
    Yeah, well so are about 20 other artists who contributed to the album.

  12. 12

    I am/was a big fan of Tony, but…
    He has now lost his mind.
    I still respect his stunning talent and accomplishments before he went crazy.

  13. 13

    They were radical muslims people, we didnt need to provoke them for them to attack…. all we have to do is breathe.

  14. 14

    The man is entitled 2 his opinion. He also has the RIGHT 2 express that opinion… that's what america is all about right? Rights & freedoms. Any of u ignorant mf's who think america was an innocent victim of an unprovoked attack on 911 need 2 do some independent research, ask some tough questions & be able 2 deal with some tough answers; the truth. Its stupid sob's like u that make people wanna attack us. Stupid, blind mf's

  15. yeez says – reply to this


    On the world stage the U.S. has taken a general stance of absolute intolerance for people who don't agree with American ideologies. Taking that stance makes the U.S. a target. Just as the majority of murder victims are involved in some high risk behavior or circumstances that result in their murder, the U.S. has supported policies that resulted in what happened on 9/11. Being a victim and a cause are not mutually exclusive.

  16. 16

    I am a big fan of Tony Bennett, and he certainly has a right to his opinion. He has always been for non-violence, and it is easy for us to make everyone else the bad guys and not see that sometimes our own behavior as a country provokes violent reactions. I am very sad about the attacks of 9/11, and for the families of everyone who was affected, but I am not blind to the fact that our government is not saintly either. Bless Tony for speaking his mind .

  17. 17

    Tony … tony …. tony …. these were extremists. Irregardless of what he thinks of the United States, no country can bow to the wished of radicals. I'm sure he left his heart in San Fransisco, but bring your sorry ass to New York and let firemen, police, rescuers, and the families who lost loved ones who fault it was. Better bring the ghost of Frank Sinatra - he'd beat your ass. BTW stupid statements really should count as free speech.

  18. 18

    @miss mollie 27… their radical muslims, they don't need 2 be provoked, all we have 2 do is breathe… how ignorant. There are people breathing in China, why no attacks over there? Ignorance is not bliss…. its IGNORANCE!

  19. 19

    Re: MissMollie27 – well said..extemest hate the fact that americans breathe..some folks just don't get it..

  20. 20

    wow this man is more than entitled to his opinion. as much as this is a very sensitive subject and especially for me because my family in NYC endured a lot of pain from that attack, he has lived a very long life and deserves to express himself no matter if you agree with his opinion or not, jesus christ. its really sad and pathetic to see how alot of you guys react.

  21. 21

    the us have terrorized more then the middle east they stick there noses into everything but the moment someone retaliates they start complaining about it. they have hurt and killed more people then anyone, but still manage to get the sympathy vote just because of 1 thing. lets face it america likes being in control and when they dont get what they wont they butt in, so i feel no remorse for 911. the Americans have done wayyyy worse. if you dont want something bad happening to u, dont do bad to others.
    sorry for the grammatical errors, writing in a hurry….

  22. 22

    Re: proudpatriot – I hate to tell you, but we the mean mean Americans arent the only country they target.

  23. 23

    It's simple…because China does not have a free and open society. They don't have open borders. The freedom required to pull off a crime like this does not exist in China.

    MissMollie is right. If the extremists don't have a reason, they'll make one up. The Muslim world has committed more atrocities against itself (look into the history of Sunni/Shiite conflict) than the US ever has. But we are an easier target for the radicals to foist on the Middle Eastern populous.

  24. 24

    Tony can have any opinion that he wants-he's entitled-whether we think it's justified or not
    but if he wants to keep record sales and attendance at concerts up, he'd be wise not to be too vocal about certain things that are obviously going to cause controversy
    it is rough when the artist becomes his PR people's nightmare
    and I imagine his PR people right now are watching for the fallout that has started and are looking to spin this if necessary, so it has minmum effect on $$$$

  25. 25

    I'm proud to be an American. And tony bennett suggesting that we, the non-believers who deserve to die (according to the Koran) cause 9/11, is assinine. Maybe our stupid lack of security contributed to it by giving Visas and free immingration status to everybody on the panet, but we didn't cause it. Ignorance, bigotry and hatred combined with brains that are still in the fifteenth century did. Oh, and I was looking forward to that album but I'm not buying it now.

  26. 26

    So you're really THAT ignorant Perez that you don't realize that many many Americans have doubts about the US involvement in 9/11. This is not something a publicist needs to hush up. Geez, you are so unbelievably ignorant

  27. 27

    Re: witz1946 – No hun, he hasn't offended the entire country. A sizeable portion of the country knows the US fills its citizens heads with propoganda. We are not the innocents in this.

  28. 28

    What a sleeze bag
    This is just to get some PR for his new releae,
    but sadly this is what he will be remembered for
    I think back to Tony Curtis, who had been in movies for nearly a hundred years, and what he is remembered for is saying kissing Marilyn,was like kissing Hitler

  29. 29

    He has to be wrong because the US can never be wrong about anything they do and it's considered unpatriotic to even suggest it.

    (yes, sarcasm)

  30. 30

    Relax, everyone. His point was that there are two sides to every situation-that's all. I'm sure he is very proud to be American. You people on this site always react waaaaay too much on everything you read, honestly.

  31. 31


  32. 32

    He is absolutely right. Period.

  33. 33

    He's right..They are not the terrorist. The US and the UK are. We have had troops stationed in places we don't belong years prior to the 9/11 attacks. If it isn't the US sticking their nose in other countries business (countries that are of no threat to us) its other crap. We have killed more civilians in this war via friendly fire than what we lost in the 9/11 attacks.

  34. 34

    Finally. Someone calling a spade a spade. Refreshing. America is based on lies and violence. Thank you Tony for saying what a lot of people think.

  35. 35

    He's right. They have said that it was in retaliation for bombing that occurred during the Clinton Administration. I don't see what's wrong with him saying this if the terrorists have confirmed that it is their reason for the attacks.

  36. 36

    He's entitled to his opinion.

  37. 37

    As a Canadian, who in the last ten years has become extremely anti-american, based on the same reasoning that Mr. Bennett is expressing I must say I view it as a light on the horizon that as a country you all seem to be growing and questioning what is going on around you. There will always be a group of undereducated misguided and ignorant people no matter where you visit in the world. What was scary about America was that your ignorant group used to represent the majority of Americans. Ever seen the movie Idiocracy? Stupid people , breeding stupid people. After reading these comments I actually have hope that in the future, this chain will be broken. Maybe America can be saved after all.

  38. 38

    I'm sorry but people NEED to hear this right now because it's true. NO more hiding the truth from people because you don't think they can handle it. Enough of this, you people are ruining this country by babying everyone. People need to hear the truth because the truth is messed up and most people would stand up against wrongdoings if they knew about them. get it yet? stop repressing this country!!!!!!!

  39. 39

    Also Perez, the fact that people DON"T want to hear it is exactly why they NEED to hear it. Its as true as the fight for equality. We cant change anything until we accept the truth and own the mistakes we make. It works on a personal level, and it works on a national and international level. Sweeping things under the rug wont solve anything! If people like Tony Bennett, or Micheal Moore didn't exist, no one would ever be pushed to question the things going on around them. You'd still be ignorant and oblivious…kinda like the people who think you can teach people not to be gay. The point isn't whether or not every single detail is true, the point is for you to stop and use your brain and THINK about it!

  40. 40

    I agree with Bennett. You are waaaaay too sensitive and selfrightious!!

    Boo You!

  41. 41

    Ummm, I kind of have to agree with him. Doesn't take away from the horror of the day and the fact that innocent people died, but the way we have handled the Middle East since the Carter era has been deplorable. And right after we get attacked, we go bombing for Hussein, NOT the people who caused it. What does that say about us….He has a point, and Mario (as usual) didn't print the whole quote. So once again, people are speaking without full knowledge of the conversation. But hey, whats the difference between the comments here about Mr. Bennett and his comments about US? Not much in my mind. Arrogance is Arrogance.

  42. 42

    For all you people that are conspiracy theorists and think America is a terrorist nation, and we deserved this: GET THE FUCK OUT OF MY COUNTRY. If you hate being here, and think America is so terrible, I see NO reason why you would want to stay!! They were RADICAL MUSLIMS!!! RADICAL, RADICAL.. THEY BEHEAD PEOPLE. THEY RAPE THEIR WOMEN. WOMEN HAVE NO RIGHTS IN THEIR COUNTRIES!! Yes, we let too many people into this country that shouldn't be here.. that's for sure!! And Tony Bennett: screw you!!

  43. 43

    Sorry, but I agree with Tony. It's horrible how many innocent people died but even extremists attack for a reason, not just random targets. They have right out said they targeted the States because of their foreign policy in the Middle East and have said numerous times they'd leave the States alone if they minded their own business. I'm Canadian and most of the world sees that States as a bit of bully that seems to think every other country needs to live in their ideals. Think about how it reacted to any country that said no going to war with them. If they left other countries alone, they might not be such a target.

  44. 44

    Re: Shark – The cowards hide behind the woman & kids!! There was people in the streets cheering 911 even in our own Country!!!

  45. 45

    Re: Shark – Amen! (Also proudly Canadian)

  46. 46

    Re: cap chick – And that is why I stay in my OWN country. We may be neighbours, but I don't have to like you!

  47. 47

    Is not the same how the gay's push their life style on EVERYBODY and EVERYBODY should except it?? I dont care what you do but I dont need my 10yr to see this in his face like most gays think they should…

  48. 48

    I don't think he said anything wrong, he's just saying 2 wrongs don't make a right. But, yeah, maybe bad timing

  49. 49

    Re: Yenkme – lol actually from a philosphical view point, Americans are the "Gays" of the world. Forcing your backwoods views on everyone. Only difference is I have yet to see the LGBT community commit any major form of violence. All they want are the same rights that everyone else has. But thanks for proving my point about stupid american inbreeders…stupid breeding stupid, once all you bigots die off this world will be SUCH A BETTER PLACE

  50. 50

    FOR CAP CHICK: I am not in your country, nor would even live there!!!
    But YOUR country is in almost every country, bombing and killing Innocent people.

  51. 51

    Re: GoodBoyNC – the other 20 artists did not rip off the japanese after the tsunami OR contribute the theme song for Toddlers and Tiaras

  52. 52

    Completely valid. Get your head out of the sand America!

  53. 53

    there was 9/11 because our government gave those guys weaponry and training in order to kill the Russians. THE PEOPLE put AN ACTOR, RONALD REAGAN, to be the president! the first representative of the corporations! the one who started all this mess we're in today. WE, THE PEOPLE, ARE ALL RESPONSIBLE FOR 9/11 EQUALLY! WE ARE ALL RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DARKNESS AND MISERY IN THE WORLD TODAY! LET'S STOP PLAYING THE VICTIMS AND MAKE BETTER CHOICES IN THE FUTURE!

  54. 54

    Re: rayrayrayray
    And what's your point, gaygaygaygay? Oh, that's right: You don't have one! Just an unsuccessful attempt to tie in Lady GaGa with Tony Bennett's 9/11 beliefs.

  55. 55

    I agree with Bennett, of course, thats a no brainer. But to all the Canadians, etc. who talk about their dislike for America and America being bullies - this is over simplifying the problem. The Western World is the problem, the headquarters may be in America but its a problem much bigger than just America. I've lived in Germany for way too long now, but nothing annoys me more than when people go off about 'americans'. Yes we are pretty awful, but so are all of your countries. Its a cop out - Americans can no better fight the corporations raping the third world than any one else. We all need to work together.

  56. 56

    And how long before the illuminati get him I mean he dies of natural causes on account of this?

  57. 57

    Tony is correct; the US Fed's version is the conspiracy theory….

  58. 58

    Re: Roachies – wow…. way to be a hater. Im from canada Eh! who gives a shit if you're canadian you're the one that sound retarded. Why are you talking about U.S. policies then ? acting like you know whats going on well guess what you dont know shit .there are 300 million people in this country . only a very tiny amount of that runs the place most americans are sick of the war and dont want to be in the middle east were almost bankrupt for gods sake. I agree with tony we couldve handeled things better.

  59. 59

    Re: oneoff – Not all Canadians think Americans are bullies. I happen to love America and feel safe knowing we are somewhat under your protection from mutual adversaries. My grand-children and son-in-law are American and they are wonderful.

  60. 60

    figures gaga would do a duet with this scumbag!!

  61. 61

    Re: Alexima – you really need to work out more. you've got buffalo bill shit goin' on in that pic!! lol

  62. 62

    What do we usually do when really old people blab and blab non sense? we tune them out, this should be no different.

  63. 63

    He's entitled to his opinion, it's called the first amendment. I honestly believe that if 9/11 didn't happen when it did, it would have happened eventually. America is a country that gets involved where it doesn't need to. We're that annoying friend nobody likes who is also the bully no one wants to stand up to.

  64. 64

    Wow, I can't believe some of the intolerance and ignorance of some of you! You're really going to ban Tony's music because he has an opinion and your so-called patriotism is offended?!? To think that even in the 21st century, we still can't voice an opinion that is perfectly protected under the First Amendment without idiocy and ignorance being thrown about. The U.S. has constantly had this "we must send in the Calvary to be the heroes" attitude that eventually we were going to earn some well=placed resentment. Has it ever occurred to anyone that some countries might NOT want us to intervene? Yes, 9/11 happened due some Muslim extremist attitudes which are not necessarily the same views of ALL Muslim people. Let's not pretend though that the US hasn't done their own terrorist activities within the last century though some wouldn't dare call them acts of terrorism. This isn't the "Land of Opportunity" that it used to be and we're not something to really aspire to any longer. Whether or not anyone chooses to believe it, Tony isn't entirely wrong and if you're all going to believe this modern era propaganda, then you don't belong in modern era society.

  65. 65

    Well, I think the depth of "U.S caused 9/11" goes much deeper in reality, but if the told story was the truth, he would be right.

  66. 66

    Re: cap chick – They rape their women? Your entire post made you seem very ignorant and quite unintelligent, but that sentence made it a fact. People who rape, do so regardless of their ethnicity, religion and nationality - what they have in common is their personality traits.

  67. 67

    Re: GoodBoyNC – A homophobic, ranting gaga fan… Perfect. U just made my point

  68. 68

    Re: rayrayrayray
    Um..you don't have a point. You jumped from criticizing GaGa's appreciation for Bennett to her "stealing" and supporting a reality show, but somehow me being a homophobe ties it all together. You're the reason why adults tell children to stay in school.

  69. 69

    I agree with Mr Bennett…. research the facts.

  70. 70

    On September 11, 2001, our daughter was working for a United States Congressman on Capitol Hill. Although we will never know what might have happened, we do know what did happen. Forty brave Americans were determined to fight and stormed the cockpit of Flight 93 which was headed for the U.S. Capitol and our daughter's office. They were all killed when the plane crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. We will honor their memory as long as we live. Our daughter is alive today, is happily married and a mother. Our family is fortunate. Thousands of other families are not. Tony Bennett has inserted a knife into the hearts of more than 3000 American families. His pathetic attempt at an apology today is simply twisting the knife and causing more pain. He is a disgrace. If he was truly sorry, he would ask his producers to immediately agree to donate all proceeds from his new CD to help complete the memorial to the heroes of Flight 93 in Shanksville. Former President Bill Clinton and Speaker John Boehner are leading this effort to raise the 10 million dollars to finish the job. I thank Tony Bennet for his service in World War II, but that does not give him the right to inflict additional pain on the families who have already suffered such enormous losses and who live with 9/11 everyday.

  71. 71

    Re: Swedeheart – Tony Bennett has a right to his opinions. Americans have the right to never listen to his music again. If speaking freely causes pain to more than 3000 families who lost loved ones and family members on 9/11, then keep your opinions to yourself and hold your tongue! Do not inflict pain on people and then expect them to support your music!

  72. 72

    Re: star1981 – Because of your comments and the comment of Shark, I can only say that I hope that Canada is never attacked by Islamic Terrorists, but if you are, remember your comments here and call Tony Bennett for comfort.

  73. 73

    Re: suzyelizabeth – You seem to forget that the taliban aleady banned his music in Afghanistan before we invaded and deposed them in 2001. After that, the Afghans were fre to listen to him. Tony should move to a country that practices Sharia Law. He can make his recordings in a cave. Who knows? It may improve the sound qaulity!

  74. 74

    Re: Tennessee 3501 – I can only imagine your relief that your daughter is alive and well. You and many others will be traumatized for probably, ever. Having re-read Tony's quote, I still feel that he meant no disrespect to those who lost their lives. He probably believes those killers were terrorists. I think he is saying that they believe they had their side that day, no matter how wrong we feel it was.

  75. 75

    Fuck Tony Bennet up his America hating ass! Fuck every last one of you "Americans" who agree with him. And to the half dozen Canadian commenters here talking shit on America: fuck you, too!

    Tony, when you die I'm going to make a trip to your grave site so I can take a huge dump on it. Mark my words.

  76. 76

    He may be right a little.. Ever heard the song "Look Into My Eyes" by Outlandish ?

  77. 77

    He's simply stating a fact, that doesn't make him un-American or crazy. It only makes him honest. If you are under the impression that what he said is untrue, you really have to do some reading.

  78. 78

    OMP!! (Oh My Perez)..He's old, bottom line..and honestly I don't believe his kind can absorb the hate and dissregard for human life that these people unleashed that day..IT WAS REAL..and that comment doesn't aim the blame in the right direction..IF WE THE US of A COMMUNICATED BETTER between our agencies deep down I believe it could have been prevented…