In the first panel, that "average Joe's" viewpoint is held by many highly educated people. There are Senators and Congresspersons (Republicans and Democrats) who have the same point of view.
Here is information about what the US is doing in Iraq that you won;t find in the mainstream media
Here is an article about "Regime Change: How the CIA put Saddam's Party in Power"
Here is an article about how the United States sold weapons and gave false strategic advice to both sides of the Iran-Iraq war.