There are not necessarily, concrete virtues or practical personal attributes to be gained in military service; for some, it creates great character...others...does zip or causes great harm. John McCain....John Kerry...Charlie Rangel.
Cheney earned his keep, just acting as the grown up in the room for the light weight GW...in a time where the wrong decision could have meant wholesale terror attacks on our citizenry. We took the war over there, gave em' their shot at payback/martyrdom...and indeed...and sadly...their 'pound of flesh'. We paid.
No matter the arguments...Cheney could face their best critic...face to face...and kick ass. Far more than their cowardly champion could ever do. Can you imagine Barack Obama being interviewed by Glenn Beck.
That would be a SLAUGHTER! Really. Obama would come unglued; couldn't handle it. Cheney...interviewed by Chris Matthews...another slaughter.
Must be hard defending the Libs; like running into a strong wind.