Trivial Grammatical Quote Quibbling

This Tony Judt op-ed is pretty great (Tony Judt op-eds generally are), but this part annoyed me:

In a democracy, war should always be the last resort — no matter how good the cause. “To jaw-jaw,” as Churchill reminded Eisenhower, “is always better than to war-war.”

I hate that quote so much. Not because I disagree with the sentiment – no reasonable person would. But it’s so overused, and sounds so childish. Do “jaw” and “war” really need to be repeated? Is “jaw” even a verb?

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