What were America's fears during the Cold War?
There could have been no better way to handle communism than the way Eisenhower and his administration handled it. Eisenhower and his administration developed a new containment policy. These new policy was called massive retaliation. This policy was developed from Eisenhower's new program called the "New Look."
Massive retaliation was the threat of using nuclear weapons that made the enemy thinks twice before attack. The policy, however, had two dangerous results. First, it gave the United States only two extreme ways of responding to a Communist attack: either fight a nuclear war or do nothing. Secondly, it gave the Soviet no choice but to better their research, which can be seen in Document E. With the "New Look" and massive retaliation, Eisenhower and his administration would be ready for communism when communism comes. However, the fear of the Soviet's nuclear weapon greatens.
When word got out to the public that the