"Until we have addressed the root causes of these kinds of issues, we can expect to have to deal with these kind of issues," he said, referring to the current U.S.-led mission against the jihadist group ISIS.
Breedlove said the way to address these root causes is by focusing on bringing jobs, education, health and safety to vulnerable places, as well as figuring out how to make governments "responsive to their people."
Pandering lines for a naïve public? Maybe. I don't think so, though. I fact, I know so. The reality of terrorism is complex. What we're witnessing is out generation's equivalent of the Crusades, with unhappy folk buying into ideologies that will allow them to be more as foreign soldiers than they can be at home.
If you say they need to get their act together, and they do not, what happens? Do you abandon them? Do you risk more crimes at home?
Of course not, you crack down harder. It's being obeyed that matters most - that and people just doing as they're told.
Which leads to increased restrictions and proactive aggressive arrests, which exacerbate the problem until a eventually a blow up like Ferguson gets really ugly.
Government, or at least some parts of government, are trying to intervene before it's too late. They have friends, some of them powerful, working in the Open Government space to address responsible and enable proactive.
In first and sprits it's happening; look for more public servants to remember who they truly serve in the growing future.