A little over 60years ago America was able to in a few short years prepare/arm and meet Nasi Germany in battle all over the world. Hitler had one of the largest, most well trained standing armies and your country was able to defeat him and get a hold of him, because THEY CHOSE TO!
But they can't stop the drugs or stop the crime thats too hard. I remember watching a reporter interview Bin Laden just a few months prior to 9/11......and thinking wow some idiot reporter was able to just walk in there with his camera man but nope way too hard for the federal government to find him.......interesting. Do they really want to find him?
The masonic saying of "order out of chaos" comes to mind. People will give up anything as long as there is chaos/enough fear and somehow you convince them you can solve the problem you created. Oh yeah people will also follow you anywhere and do some crazy things for you if they believe there is an outside enemy.