On October 11, the US carried out its 400th drone strike in northwest Pakistan since its strikes started there in 2004. In almost a decade, 2,379 people have been killed.
US National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said: 'Strikes were only carried out when there was near-certainty that no civilians would be killed. The death of innocent civilians is something that the US Government seeks to avoid if at all possible'.
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, as part of the Naming the Dead project which uses Pakistani government records to research those killed by American drone strikes reported that: 'Only 295 of the 2,379 dead were reported to be members of some kind of armed group'.
Obviously the White House's idea of 'near certainty' and 'avoiding the death of innocent civilians' is very much different to the rest of ours or maybe it sees a 12.5% success rate as a job going well.