hindsight

from the introduction to douglas feith’s book: war and decision, via clarice feldman’s nro review of the same:

Policy-making often involves choosing to accept one set of likely problems over another….Once one knows how a story turns out, it is easy to sift the record for telling comments and actions that can be connected to grand outcomes. But before the fact we cannot know which potential problem or opportunity might become the hinge of fate.

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