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Iconic singer, Tony Bennett, who just turned 85-years-old, is now backing down from his comments he made about September 11.
On Monday, Bennett told Howard Stern that “we caused” the terrorist attacks of 9/11. He also claimed president George Bush admitted to him that the Iraq war was a mistake, USA Today reports.
“Who are the terrorists? Are we the terrorists, or are they the terrorists? Two wrongs don't make a right," Bennett, a World War II vet told Stern, adding "They flew the plane in, but we caused it. We were bombing them, and they told us to stop."
Bennett also said in 2005, Bush divulged some personal secrets to him at the Kennedy Center. "He told me personally that night that, he said, 'I think I made a mistake.'” He then explained that he told Bush he agreed, saying, "To start a war in Iraq was a tremendous, tremendous mistake internationally."
A spokesman for Bush quickly released the following statement, "President Bush has always felt, and consistently expressed, that America is safer without Saddam Hussein in power. He has never said the decision to liberate Iraq was a mistake to Mr. Bennett or to anyone."
Newsday reports that Bennett then clarified his statements.
"There is simply no excuse for terrorism and the murder of the nearly 3,000 innocent victims of the 9/11 attacks on our country. My life experiences -- ranging from the Battle of the Bulge to marching with Martin Luther King -- made me a lifelong humanist and pacifist, and reinforced my belief that violence begets violence and that war is the lowest form of human behavior.”
He added, “I am sorry if my statements suggested anything other than an expression of my love for my country, my hope for humanity and my desire for peace throughout the world."