Is there any reason to believe that the Obama team knows what it is doing? No. If you need evidence, look at the Rick Centilli video on CNBC. Talk to people with skin in the game to understand whether the catastrophic Obama/Pelosi plan will work. Obviously, they believe it won't.
Is this intentional? I believe yes. Why would Obama do this? I believe it is as Rham said: never let a crisis go by that you don't use.