Retired General "Mad Dog" James Mattis spoke about America’s position on political Islam last year in a speech at the Heritage Foundation. Rather than equivocating on the matter in order to avoid saying something uncomfortable or politically incorrect, Mattis pointed out that America needs to make a decision about its stance toward this ideology.
No one wants to delve into the question of Islamism because it is now a politically charged issue, one that often leads to accusations of bigotry and Islamaphobia. As Islam is increasingly treated as a protected class by America’s progressive Left, any scrutiny of any faction within Islam is considered off limits. This is done in the name of tolerance, but is in fact a highly intolerant position. But it’s successfully scared off politicians and military personnel, who tend to make vague and noncommittal statements on the topic.
Mattis also said that ISIS is counting on America not having a debate on whether political Islam is in our national interest. If we don’t examine this question, we can’t possibly craft a cohesive strategy, and our fight against ISIS’s self-proclaimed Caliphate (or other groups like them) will ultimately fail.
This is the precise opposite of what Islamist apologists and those on the left insist - i.e., that ISIS wants us to talk about the connections between Islam and violence, in order to make Muslims feel like the West is at war with their entire religion. Then, so their thinking goes, Muslims will turn on the West.
Mattis - unlike the progressive leftists and weak-kneed politicians in Washington who are lambs being led to the slaughter - is willing to face truth, even if it's unpleasant.