Except for its western hemisphere lap-dogs and chattel, the U.S. “defense” strategy has been the implementation of a highly “offensive” (in both senses of the word here) policy of military and economic antagonism. What unfolding of events in Syria and Venezuela are just two examples.

As the U.S. Ponzi scheme continues to unravel, the Government’s attempt to control the markets intensifies. The primary stock indices (Dow, S&P 500, Naz), which are currently more overvalued than at any point in U.S. history, seem impervious to any sort of sell-off, no matter how atrocious the economic news. The stock market has been “miraculously” bullet-proof from the most recent Fed official threats to hike interest rates in two weeks.

Conversely, the price of gold, has been subjected to paper gold price slams nearly every day since the Federal Reserve’s Club of Thespians released their latest sequel to “Game Of Rate Hikes.” It’s like “Chuckie” in the “Child’s Play” series – the storyline just won’t die.

The current manipulated pullback has taken gold down about 7% since the “Game of Rate Hikes” was released about two weeks ago. India has been dormant as a gold buyer since March 1st, activity seems to be stirring based on the latest ex-import duty premiums. Smuggling into India has picked up considerably this week – LINK. Similarly, buying in China per data from the Shanghai Gold Exchange has been stimulated by the lower price of gold.   In fact, deliveries onto the SGE have surged this week and the open interest now sits at 720 tonnes, which is likely a record.

The only result that will end up being accomplished by the U.S. intervention in the gold market will be a further transfer of real wealth from the U.S. populace to the Chinese. Thank you may I have another? Rory Hall and I discuss these issues in our latest “Market Update” series from the The Shadow of Truth: