Legendary singer Tony Bennett has been sweeping headlines, not for the release of his new album, but instead for comments criticizing America's foreign policy, which he has since apologized for.
We caused the 9/11 Attacks, the 85-year-old singer told Howard Stern in an interview on Monday adding that former President George. W. Bush had admitted to him that the war on Iraq was a big mistake.
Bennett, a former World War II veteran told Stern that two wrongs do not make a right. Who are the terrorists? Are we the terrorists, or are they the terrorists? he said.
'They flew the plane in, but we caused it. We were bombing them, and they told us to stop,' he added.
On Tuesday Bennett clarified his remarks, Newsday reported, saying he was sorry suggesting anything other than an expression of his love for his country, his hope for humanity and desire for peace throughout the world.
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, he said. 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.
Bennett has recently released his new album, Duets II, featuring Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood, and the late Amy Winehouse.
Winehouse recorded Body and Soul' for Bennett's album in March, at the famous Abbey Road Studios in London. Bennett had approached Winehouse backstage at a charity gig in New York after being blown away by her voice.
According to Bennett, Winehouse was warm and friendly and told him that she would do anything he wanted. We had a beautiful time recording together in the studio and I knew that Amy was very happy with how she performed that day, Bennett said, Reuters reported.
I thought she was absolutely brilliant and this recording truly captures the essence of her unique artistry. She was a rare talent, he said.