So, AL turned out to be a political Hitler wannabe. Sasori is dead, and the other members does not appear to be the brightest kind in class. Female Akatsuki is is just a Female and sexist Japan does not believe in the existence of smart womens. They are all extremely cocky, arrogant and overconfident unlike Itachi who actually identify the strength of his opponents. A very unique badguy ability. All the more reason to believe Itachi will betray Akatsuki and that his goal lies elsewhere.