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Their scepticism, both about the assumptions upon which the treaty proponents had argued their case and the reassurances offered by the Administration, provoked considerable debate over both Article 5 and Article 3 of the treaty. Distrust of the Truman Administration led them to believe that the only acceptable safeguards were legally mandated ones: accordingly, the pact could not be approved without reservation. Senator Watkins's main concern was Article 5 and he submitted two reservations designed to weaken the pledge.

59 In order to allay such fears and repair the damage caused by its failure to solicit congressional involvement at an earlier stage the Administration began its attempt to 'sell' MAP during the hearings on the treaty. Indeed, both during these sessions and the hearings on the programme itself, it attempted to establish the conditions on which military assistance would be given to Western Europe. 60 Most of its arguments merely elaborated the principles of the treaty. At the same time, it became clear that there was some ambiguity about the overall objective of the proposal.

Distrust of the Truman Administration led them to believe that the only acceptable safeguards were legally mandated ones: accordingly, the pact could not be approved without reservation. Senator Watkins's main concern was Article 5 and he submitted two reservations designed to weaken the pledge. The first would have absolved the United States of any obligation to provide armed help to its allies in the event that they were attacked, except by authorisation of Congress through an act or joint resolution.

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