People got too used to Kosovo and Afghanistan style "clean" victories, the first Gulf War was more severe.
However this one (unfortunately) has the potential to get ugly.
The first Gulf War was started with a week or two of massive aerial bombardment, this war was started with a quick strike then ground warfare.
I think after the POW
incidents and Sunday's heavy fighting the gloves are going to come off the air campaign, meaning massive B-52 carpet bombing outside Baghdad in the North and to the South of Baghdad. Followed by low level strikes mostly by RAF Tornados , USAF
Also more dramatic B-2 2,000 lb JDAM strikes on Baghdad, nightly.
UK/US Marine Aircraft like the Harriers and F-18s are going to be flying close air support missions in the South, plowing the road to Baghdad.
US/UK and Australian forces have hit heavy resistance but are still plowing foward, they are less than 100 miles from Baghdad and will probably be at Bagdad's doorstep by Tuesday.
That's where the US Army's Mechanized divisions are heading , it's been the US and UK Marines so far in the heavy battles in the South. The US Army's heavy mechanized divisions have been racing through the Western Desert , they are by passing the Southern Iraqi units and are heading straight for Baghdad.
That's where they will engage the Iraqi Republican Guard, the US and Royal Marines should get there by middle of next week to Flank the Republican Guard and squeeze them into the US Army's M1-A1s path.
Also the 101st Airborne Division still is in Kuwait, they are definitely going to be in the fight soon. Most likely Air dropped in Northern Iraqi via one of those Western Iraqi Airfields the allies have already seized.
Hopefully as the Allies approach Baghdad those talks with the Republican Guard units about surrendering will happen before the battle begins.