posted on Apr, 16 2010 @ 02:17 PM
Perhaps this is some kind of attempt to prepare the markets to lessen the shock of a nasty conflict in the Middle East?
i.e. Release this inflationary news item now, oil prices rise, war starts, immediately release deflationary news/assessment, prices eased?
That Middle East situation is getting very, very tense at present IMO, so it seems odd timing for the USA military to release such an assessment,
given how likely it seems a conflict could be - 'imminent' - wasn't that the warning from the King of Jordan recently? So wouldn't you wait until
you were past this kind of 'high-alert' phase before letting that kind of inflationary oil price news out?
Maybe it's even more complex - the $ is the default world oil currency right? So if your ($) currency was on the brink of collapse, perhaps you
would choose to attempt to ramp up oil prices prior to something bigger and/or worse striking your economy, perhaps like a world market closing event?
Something like a major altercation in the M.E, or major WMD strike on US soil? Another string of financial institution collapses? China unveiling a
commitment to an unattractive aggressive economic policy, piling pressure on the dollar?