Mistakes Were Made.

“Mistakes were made.”  First used by Kruschev when speaking of the Stalinist regime.

“Acceptable by-product.”  The term first used March 19, 2007 by Candy Rice when speaking of military casualties.  She could not, of course, use the term commonly used for civilian casualties:  collateral dammage.

Rice also said that both civilian and military deaths were part of the regrettable but necessary price of war.  Or, as Stalin would have put it:  “You can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs.”

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One thought on “Mistakes Were Made.

  1. ‘First used by Kruschev when speaking of the Stalinist regime.’

    And subsequently used by EVERYONE. It’s one of the great political catchphrases of the day.

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