Rheanna, you're right, there is propaganda on both sides. It's important to learn to recognize it because apparently a lot of people don't.
I haven't been to Iraq so I can't speak from experience, but--it's great that the Iraqi children are hugging soldiers but to me that is not the issue.
The issue is why are we in Iraq in the first place? What have been the consequences of our invasion? How will this affect the United States in the long run? There was a lot of international goodwill toward the US after 9/11 but that was pretty much squandered by our invasion of Iraq--how is that going to affect us?
I mean, if our actions make life better for Iraqis, good. Whether it has is a pretty complicated issue. But should we go around overthrowing governments that don't pose a threat to us? We can't overthrow every cruel, inhumane government in the world, so how do we choose? Do we only do it when it benefits us? If so, our motives aren't so pure after all.