Yet is it stupid, as we will see in a moment, that Kerry accepts Reza Aslan as the authority he believes on Islam when Aslan wrote this:
"Pundits and politicians are already ringing the alarm bells. The common refrain you hear in the US: The Middle East is being overrun with religious radicals bent on oppressing women and destroying Israel. That is nonsense, of course."
PS: I am told by a reliable source that Aslan has defended the Muslim Brotherhood as moderate and in a Middle East literary anthology he edited refused to publish any story by an Israeli. Aslan is one of the most successful--perhaps the most successful--of stealth Islamists in influencing American elite opinion.
An Egyptian newspaper reports that a leading figure in the moderate opposition National Salvation Front has said that the organization's leaders will refuse to meet Kerry because of his pro-Brotherhood policy. Let's watch to see if they meet him during his visit to Cairo.