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Doyle McManus: The 'Trump Doctrine': He'd rather talk than fight

No matter how the current crisis between the United States and Iran turns out, it should have one result: an end to the fear that President Donald Trump would be a warmonger in the Oval Office.

Trump has been inconsistent about many things, but he's been strikingly consistent about this: He would rather talk than fight. Time and again, he's threatened other countries, sometimes in bloodcurdling terms, but then made clear that he'd prefer to negotiate.

Take Iran. Last month, as tensions rose, the president threatened to destroy the entire country, or

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