“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.”