The author goes to a Deep State source, the Brookings Institution, to find an "explanation" for the lack of effective results by the US in their fight against ISIS.
The Brookings Institution's Daniel Byman in a paper titled, "The limits of air strikes when fighting the Islamic State," laments that America's alleged war on the Islamic State (IS) is limited by a lack of capable local allies.
The paper states more specifically that:
The author of this article also contrasts the ineffective US effort to combat ISIS with the success of Russia and Iran. Of course, the latter--if you believe the fake news spewed by corporate media--are only targeting hospitals and little children.The trouble is that local allies are often themselves flawed instruments: corrupt, ineffective, and brutal. Often, U.S. troops are necessary to leaven local forces, provide necessary intelligence, and otherwise carry much of the burden.