Mr. Bush and company were going to take out Saddam Hussein one way or another and they just needed a pretext to go about their predetermined assault. Sept. 11, the mood and fear it cast like a pall over the country came in handy for Mr. Bush, Dick Cheney and the neo-cons. What about the yellow cake uranium story, according to which Mr. Hussein was trying to purchase uranium from Niger to fulfill his nuclear ambitions? The whole thing was baloney, to say the least, but it was sold to the American public and the Congress, in an act of unconscionable fraud. It took a minimum of two years for this deliberate eyewash to gestate in the devious minds of the neo-cons and come to fruition as the Iraq War. Later, as the war went on for years, sucking the air out of the American economy, the Republicans, in a complete mockery of common sense, rewrote their motive as the liberation of the Iraqis from under the heel of a despot and now they have the audacity to claim that the Arab Spring itself may be a domino effect of the Iraq War.