But, of course, that's Michael Moore, not Cutler -- and it worries me that I want it even as I know how wrong that is. But maybe down-the-middle filmmaking and journalism does hit a wall when it comes up against cunning, scheming, arrogant zealots as dangerous as Cheney and Rumsfeld and the lying lawyers who gave them cover.

Anyway, do not miss this film.

I have been singing Cutler's praises for many years -- back through films and reality TV series like "Black White" and "American High."

He is one of our most gifted documentary filmmakers. His sure hands are in evidence from the very first frames showing Cheney taking a last quick drink and then asking whether he is going to be the only one on camera during the interview -- or will his questioner also be seen.

Cutler shows it to remind viewers of the artifice of interviews and documentaries. That there are cameras and staging involved. And that people like Cheney play to those cameras.

And it happens so fast, you barely notice what the filmmaker is doing before the former CEO of oil giant Halliburton starts talking about how much he values "integrity" and "honesty."

On the minus side, Cutler doesn't go near the New York Times and the role it played in helping Cheney sell the weapons of mass destruction lie to the American people. I guess independent filmmakers can't afford enemies at that level, but you can't discuss the evil that Cheney did in Iraq without discussing the echo chamber of lies the New York Times helped him create.

Even if you think you know all there is to know about this dark force in American politics, watch the film.

I didn't know that Cheney failed out of Yale -- twice. And I didn't know that he spent the first four years after high school mainly drunk on his butt with two D.U.I.'s. Does the young-man-as-drunk theme not suggest that maybe he and Bush were made for each other?

Like Cheney, I went to graduate school at the University of Wisconsin, and we did it during the same era.

He said he didn't pay much attention to the massive anti-war demonstrations at the school, because he and his wife, Lynne, wanted "to get on" with their "lives" and start a family.

Just think how many Americans lost their lives needlessly because he didn't learn any of the lessons of Vietnam as they played out on campuses across America. Think how many American families have lost loved ones as a result of him getting a jumpstart on his.

Think about that. He ignored the homefront lessons of Vietnam so that he and Lynne could get on with their lives -- right into Baghdad three decades later.

Thank you for all your great service to the country, Mr. Vice President.

All I can say is that I hope Showtime's "The World According to Dick Cheney" does exactly for your reputation and place in history what HBO's "Game Change" did for Sarah Palin's.

"The World According to Dick Cheney" premieres at 9 p.m. Friday on Showtime.

UPDATE: This post has been revised to include the current figure for military deaths in Iraq.