Eric Trager, the most acute observer of Egyptian religious parties, has written a fascinating piece about the "goodwill" tour of Washington staged last week by the Muslim Brotherhood:

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace hosted a Muslim Brotherhood delegation in Washington last week to better understand how the Islamist group will govern Egypt. It was a noble attempt at promoting intercultural political dialogue--an engagement for which many in the American policy community, as well as academia, have long advocated. Yet the Brotherhood came to Washington with an agenda of its own: selling itself as a "moderate" organization to a highly skeptical American public. And it did so using one of the oldest sales tricks: It completely misrepresented itself.

Read the whole thing.