Think of the resources Hitler squandered in the final solution while losing a war. In fact the War on Drugs underwrote the whole criminal infrastructure top to bottom. It would not exist at all otherwise.
Thus bad policy inflated our police force and allowed massive State incarceration as well as an additional burden on the public purse. What a more perfect fraud.
Worse, they damn well knew it as well. The naive likely thought otherwise, but experience would soon eliminate that weakness.