Even Rumsfeld is not stellar about it, referring to “radical Islamism” and “Islamists,” which are essentially Western constructs without any referent in Islam as it has been formulated by the Islamic sects and schools of jurisprudence. But in the main, his point is absolutely sound. From Breitbart TV (thanks to Wimpy):
ZAKARIA: What do you look back on in your tenure and say I would have done it differently?
RUMSFELD: “I think we”ve not done a good job, we”ve put a lot of pressure on terrorist networks, but for whatever reason Americans are reluctant to talk about radical Islamism and Islamists, we don’t want to be seen as against a religion. The Bush administration didn’t do a good job, we were careful and words were always sensitive and we never, you can’t win a battle of ideas unless you describe the enemy, say who it is, say what’s wrong with it, say what we do and why it’s right, we did that in the Cold War and we defeated Communism. We were tongue tied over this and the Obama administration is much worse, they won’t even use the word.”