20-20 hindsight

Perfect understanding of an event after it has happened; - a term usually used with sarcasm in response to criticism of one's decision, implying that the critic is unfairly judging the wisdom of the decision in light of information that was not available when the decision was made.

See also: hindsight

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Documents released by the Pollard inquiry into the sordid affair paint a disturbing picture and, with full 20-20 hindsight, it's easy to see how mistakes were made.
with the benefit of 20-20 hindsight he still can't recall a single game or incident that struck him as unusual.
Jurors will be asked to decide if Sether's action was "objectively reasonable under the circumstances, from the perspective of a reasonable police officer on the scene at that time, and not with the benefit of 20-20 hindsight," Schmidt said.
With 20-20 hindsight and all that has followed, I would not have offered him the job and I expect that he wouldn't have taken it.
No 20-20 hindsight I did this or I did that but forward thinking on what plays he's going to make.
If we had had 20-20 hindsight, we would have persuaded the government not to sell the Tote, because there are definite risks about taking money from racing just when we need it most.
Tedlow states in no uncertain terms that, based on his studies of dozens of companies and CEOs that have suffered reversals, the disasters don't require 20-20 hindsight.
As with all sweeping retrospectives there's the danger of 20-20 hindsight as modern curators try to marshal the past into the cultural pre-occupations of the present.
It would be wrong to get carried away by what happened at the Bradford & Bingley yesterday, or to apply 20-20 hindsight to its executives' decision to finance much of its lending from the wholesale money markets rather than savers' deposits.
I KNOW we've all got 20-20 hindsight, but Emile Heskey showed in midweek that he doesn't deserve the 'failure' tag with which he is often unfairly saddled.
An officer who is risking his life in the pursuit of a dangerous suspect and is forced to make a split-second decision should not be second-guessed with 20-20 hindsight,'' Baker said.
His concerns center on the potential for clients and regulators, with 20-20 hindsight, questioning the projected results.