Holder's statement Monday seemed to acknowledge some of those concerns [of Islamic groups]. While the outreach efforts are expected to focus primarily on communities with large Muslim populations, his video message made no reference to the religion aside from his use of the acronym for the terrorist group which has grabbed attention for its brutal tactics assembling territory across Syria and Iraq.
"As we move forward together, our work must continue to be guided by the core democratic values – and the ideals of freedom, openness, and inclusion – that have always set this nation apart on the world stage," Holder said. "We must be both innovative and aggressive in countering violent extremism and combating those who would sow intolerance, division, and hate – not just within our borders, but with our international partners on a global scale. And we must never lose sight of what violent extremists fear the most: the strength of our communities; our unwavering respect for equality, civil rights, and civil liberties; and our enduring commitment to justice, democracy, and the rule of law."(Underline added). "Violent extremists" could be anything (and I have to wonder if this new program will be yet another program aimed at the Administration's political enemies). Imagine, if you will, how our fight in WWII would have gone if Roosevelt had been unwilling to call Japan or Germany our enemies.
This myopia shows up in the media. For instance, this simplistic article from The Christian Science Monitor on why Muslim states are reluctant to help the United States overlooks several basic points, including that these countries know that this is ultimately a war against Islam. The beheadings, rapes, crucifixions, etc., are not an aberration, but fundamental to conservative Islam.
If we cannot even articulate what we are fighting against, we will not be successful.