If I didn’t mess it up, that’s a summary of part of Jeremiah 37. They wouldn’t take his advice, but they wanted him to pray for them.
How often does God clean up/prevent a mess from my bad choices? And how often are the messes I get into because He wanted to offer me a chance to learn something?
Experience is what allows you to recognize your mistakes when you repeat them.¹
And do I ever, like many politicians, downplay a bad choice or avoid acknowledging I had anything to do with it?
“Mistakes were made” generally means “I/we really screwed up!”
¹Printed on a sugar packet in a restaurant.