It is a crappy place in the world for the most part, dissolved in war, poverty, religious fanaticism and totalitarian governments. If it wasn't for the oil, we wouldn't be there (like Africa).
But I'm not saying anything bad about the people in general, the insurgency only compromises a small minority of the population, most people anywhere in the world just want to go about their day to day lives in relative peace, being allowed to make a decent living, support a family, have a place to live, etc. The Iraqis never would've been at war with us had we not invaded their country, I'm sure there was an animosity towards us but nothing that would've provoked a Pearl Harbor attack as the Japanese had done (because they didn't have the capability and because we now have Nukes).
I do find the overwhelming fanaticism involved in Muslims from the Middle East to be disturbing, but they probably wouldn't be training to kill us if our policies didn't involve us in that part of the world. Most people of reasonable intelligence should wonder why Middle Eastern jihadist supposedly attacked the US first, when they already had large populations of radicals in Britain and France (which would've been inconceivably easier to attack if all they really hated was democracy).
Take the Vietnamese for example, they didn't want to go to war but they didn't see any option. For them it was a war for independence, something they had been fighting or resisting for the last hundred plus years (From the French conquering of Indochina in 1883 all the way to the US withdrawal in 1975).