On the 8-25-06 airing of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher guest Christopher Hitchens was his usual surly rhetorically cunning self but because his rhetoric is not convincing on the Iraq fiasco, which he defends, he became more surly than usual, getting personal with Bill Maher, flipping off the audience, cursing, insulting and generally disdaining the audience and the other guests. There was no traditional lovefest after the show. Maher shook hands with Max Cleland, the only remaining guest. The camera did not show Hitchens, who presumably stormed off the stage without the patina of nicety. I wonder if Hitchens will return. Hitchens has a great mind but his hubris impedes him from seeing his mistake in supporting our involvement in Iraq. As Maher correctly pointed out, all Hitchens can do when confronted with the Bush Administration's failures, is provide red herrings, which Maher, a very smart man, is not going to succumb to.