I have always considered him to be ... a man fully committed to protecting the vital security interests of the United States and its citizens.
Notice there is no mention of upholding and protecting the laws or Constitution of the United States.
See also Cheney's weird paraphrase of the Oath taken by military officers:
On your first day of Army life, each one of you raised your right hand and took an oath. And you will swear again today to defend the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. That is your vow, that is the business you're in. [emphasis added]No, Dick, they pledge to "defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic". I am beginning to think that you might be one of the later.