Tony Bennett Leaves his Brain in San Francisco

Tony Bennett is the last superstar postwar crooner from the swank Frank Sinatra/Dean Martin/Vic Damone-era still performing; my late father, who loved the records by all of those men was also a big Bennett fan. But I think Ed Sr. would have been as appalled by this quote from Bennett as I am:


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.

“To start a war in Iraq was a tremendous, tremendous mistake internationally,” he 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.”

As John Nolte writes at Big Hollywood, “One comment I read put it best: Too bad Frank Sinatra isn’t alive to kick his ass.”

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