Newsweek gave an interesting reason why at least some of the Iraqi people haven’t been enthusiastic about the U.S. “liberating” them. They cheered in 1991, expecting Saddam to fall, but then he remained in power and thoroughly punished those who had cheered the U.S. So now they’re wary of supporting the U.S. now, unsure if they’ll do the same thing. Not totally founded but you can see where they’re coming from.
Fareed Zakaria also gave another interesting reason actually. He noted that even the Russians fought for Stalin. Saddam is terrible but there’s something maybe humiliating about being invaded by foreigners. I dunno, it was an interesting point.