Ron Paul could not have managed the path he traveled, and is traveling, without taking great care in choosing the appropriate words to fit the current demand.
There can be little in the way of doubt as to the type of mind possessed by people who have made torture and mass murder not only legal but the RULE, not the exception.
The story line of good people not capable of doing good things, rather making repeated mistakes, is not accurate, and someone claiming as much is either compromising on telling the whole truth, for some reason, or is guilty of lying.
I pay attention to how carefully Ron Paul, like no other person I have read, or heard speak, chooses his words. He manages a very careful balance of speaking the God's honest truth, and speaking the language of Double Speak, which may be necessary to reach more than a very few people willing to listen to the truth.