But the truth is, the easier it is for terrorists to conduct attacks, the more of them there will be in the future (why not?).
It was easier in the past, and there weren't more of them then. Terrorism isn't cosmic inflation; it doesn't just spring magically from the laws of physics.
I could as easily argue that you create more terrorists by alienating people with heavy handed policing (why not?).
The folks sworn to protect us are probably decent for the most part
What does that have to do with anything? Decent people get caught up in all kinds of bad things. A lot of terrorists are probably decent in the same sense, just brainwashed about something they think is More Important(TM).
and they do not want to fail, no matter what.
That's what makes them dangerous. The fact that they have enormous resources and public support is what makes them more dangerous than terrorists.
But with every attack there will be more and more people pressure to protect their kids, etc., and this will cost money/freedoms too. "So what's the answer?",
Tell the idiots to suck it up and get over it.
Doing nothing will not work.
You're right. That would leave the present abuses untouched. We need to roll back about the last 17 years of this BS.