The United States used 9/11 attacks as an excuse to launch long drawn-out wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Ray McGovern said during an interview with Press TV that the US used the wars it launched after the September 11, 2001 attacks, to gain control of vast oil and gas resources in the Middle East and some other parts of the world.
“To suggest that our activities in Iraq and Afghanistan have nothing to do with oil and gas is to say the ridiculous,” Ray McGovern added.
He also noted that the US military bases in these countries are aimed at protecting oil and natural resources, contrary to some beliefs that their establishment is aimed at destabilizing terrorist organizations.
“Afghanistan, they say there are only 50 terrorists there, why do we have slightly less than 100,000 people [US troops] there?” McGovern said.
Another point for the wars is to aid Israeli policies and interest in the troubled region, which McGovern explained has only fostered more terrorism.
“The more the US shows its policies to be in step with Israel, the more defeat the US will suffer in the Middle East,” he noted.
The 9/11 attacks were a series of coordinated attacks in New York City and the Washington DC area.
While US officials quickly blamed Al-Qaeda for the attacks and later launched the War on Terrorism, many analysts have cast doubts on the official account of the event.
Many have suggested that the US government played a role in the 9/11 attacks, only to launch wars against Iraq and Afghanistan.
This article was first published by Press TV on Monday September 12, 2011.