now this isn't my normal style, in fact perhaps I'm naive not to even believe this, but I think it makes an interesting discussion. What do you think the likelyhood of price manipulation of commodity and security markets occurs by government related entities ?? Think about it for a second -- if the powers that be don't want oil expensive right now, they could be massively shorting right now, and in case the trade turns against them, they can fund that loss with off the books printed currency. Essentially transfer wealth to the opposite side traders to achieve a political goal (whether it be election timing related, a bargaining chip in a geo political crisis, etc) I've never really considered this before, but who's to say this isn't done periodically. So lets hear it - who thinks the US government potentially has a not for profit, all for power trading wing? we fight wars with weapons and force both secretly and privately (classified missions with elite forces), so why would we not fight wars with money privately as well?