WASHINGTON: Republican presidential candidate John McCain warned on Monday that Al-Qaeda could trigger a major US economic crisis with just one successful attack on a Middle Eastern oil installation. The Arizona senator argued that terror groups understood America’s reliance on foreign oil — and did not believe it had the will to find alternative energy sources.

“Al-Qaeda plans for attacks on oil facilities in the Middle East to destroy the American economy,” McCain said, in prepared remarks released by his campaign ahead of a speech in South Carolina.

“We’re one successful attack away from an economic crisis,” McCain said, adding that US enemies knew the damage a disruption of supplies would wreak on the US economy.

Full article here. One of my campaign principles, incidentally, is that energy independence “must be the core initiative underlying our future foreign policy.”¬† I’m just sayin’ …