Don't let anyone judge you for your past, least of all yourself. You may have made choices, even right up to today, that have led to needless suffering. All that is in the past if you choose to respond differently today.
As first lady, Hillary Clinton was the darling of Palestinians and Arabs when late in Bill Clinton's term she uttered the hot button word "Palestine." Since then she has flip-flopped depending on the political winds.
The mess Nixon left Ford -- inflation and recession, a war winding down -- didn't preclude pursuing the larger Watergate affair, and the regime that gave rise to it. What makes waterboarding different?