Yes, you're right ... it was misleading when I wrote "conservative, yet secular" Muslims are allies of the West against the islamists.
The general rule seems to be "we'll support anybody, as long as they play by our rules politically".
The Saudis, America's best ally, is hardcore conservative, its government formally attacks islamism. Yet the same government often tolerates islamism inside its country, and supports islamists abroad when they serve their political purposes.
In America's defense, there were simply never liberal organizations or governments available for America to work with. America had more or less no choice but working what they were given.