I don't know if I'd go that far. As far as I can see, Cheney is just another typical DC politician. From Wikipedia:
When Cheney became eligible for the draft, during the Vietnam War, he applied for and received five draft deferments. In 1989, The Washington Post writer George C. Wilson interviewed Cheney as the next Secretary of Defense; when asked about his deferments, Cheney reportedly said, "I had other priorities in the '60s than military service".
Of course, it is possible that the Washington post writer is lying. But somehow I don't think so.
Yeah, he’s king of the chickenhawks. Lieberman is Queen. Honorable mention goes to Frank Gaffney. He makes McCain look like a pacifist and he also got five deferments. And don’t forget Bolton.
The Vietnam War was not like WWII. Literally everyone was doing what they could to stay out of it. If you start condemning folks who avoided it, you won’t have many people left from that period that you can support.
I never could understand why some conservatives continue to defend and admire Bush and Cheney. We got TARP and the Patriot Act under their watch (the former isn't so suprising, since Cheney came right out and said that "deficits don't matter").
All I can think of is that it's a knee-jerk reaction: liberals hate Bush and Cheney (not sure why, Bush governed like a Scoop Jackson Democrat), therefore Bush and Cheney must be good. More or less the same reason why many on the right defended Nixon, who was basically a fiscal liberal and an across the board advocate of big government.