It's amazing how frequently the most public words of politicians come back to haunt them.
So begins the blurb on a new book by Matthew Parris and Phil Mason - Mission Accomplished!
Its (involuntary) contributors include Idi Amin, Margaret Thatcher, Leon Trotsky and (frequently) George Bush.
Here's a couple of Welsh examples.
Foreign Office Minister Kim Howells: "If Prime Minister Sharon had lived....he is dead, isn't he? No? It's an easy mistake to make".
Indeed. And here's David Lloyd George. "I have never doubted the fundamental greatness of Herr Hitler".
That's one inscription you won't find on the new Lloyd George statue in Parliament Square.