09/21/2011 12:21 pm ET | Updated Nov 21, 2011

Tony Bennett Apologizes For 9/11 Comments

Singer Tony Bennett issued an apology for comments he made about September 11.

Bennett previously told radio host Howard Stern, “they flew the plane in, but we caused it, because we were bombing them and they told us to stop.”

Bennett also said that, back in 2005, former President George W. Bush shared some insights with him on the decision to go to war in Iraq.

“He told me personally that night that, he said, ‘I think I made a mistake,’” Bennett said.

In a statement obtained by Newsday, Bennett said, "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.

"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."

CBS notes that a Bush spokesman told the New York Daily News that Bennett's account of what took place in 2005 was, "flatly wrong."