I’m not sure “I wish someone had raised concerns” is going to replace “no one could have predicted” but it’s pretty sweet nevertheless:
The Washington Post’s ill-fated plan to sell sponsorships of off-the-record “salons” was an ethical lapse of monumental proportions.[….]
Neither Weymouth nor Brauchli can recall anyone raising concerns, although both say they wish someone had.
I don’t recall anyone raising concerns about the number of
caprihinas caipirinhas I consumed last night, but I wish someone had.