Arming the Americas

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Plan for Hemisphere Military Cooperation

Two Projects to enhance the individual and collective security of nations of the Western Hemisphere will come before Congress at its next regular session. The Senate will be asked to approve the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance, signed at Rio de Janeiro on Sept. 2, 1947; both houses will be asked to adopt legislation, twice recommended by President Truman, to authorize a far-reaching program of continental military cooperation under the leadership of the United States.

The Treaty of Rio de Janeiro, supplanting the temporary wartime Act of Chapultepec, makes aggression against any one of the American republics, from within or without the continent, the concern of all the republics and commits each one of them to assist a victim of aggression. ...

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