This is a cradle to (unfortunately not) grave look at the trickier one. It presents a picture of a devious character who lacks superior intellect, but manages to get himself into power by always being willing to take on the scut work at every level, then springing into action when opportunity presents. The author believes that while Cheney is a died-in-the-wool right-winger, he will always sacrifice right-wing principle whenever it comes into conflict with a desire for power. Scary stuff.
One of the major things he accomplished in his days as Defense Secretary was the privatization of much of the defense work normally done by the military itself. This created a constituency for continued big-spending. It was done, at least in part, to help ensure his power as the defense secretary in a second Bush (1) administration.