The Eisenhower administration mitigated the fears of the American public concerning the Cold War in two major ways. First of all, Eisenhower believed in nuclear deterrence. If the United States developed a nuclear stockpile so large that any attack of its enemies would be met by overwhelming retaliation, nuclear war could be averted. To this end, as part of his "New Look" policies, he authorized the creation of a vast nuclear arsenal capable of making the Soviets think twice before engaging in open war. This was known as brinkmanship, which is the willingness to bring the globe to the brink of nuclear devastation so that enemies would back down rather than initiate conflict. In a way, this exacerbated the drama of the Cold War, but at the same time, it reassured the American people that the United States was strong enough to confront any threat.
Building up a large nuclear arsenal was also less expensive than maintaining a large standing army. This brings us to the second major policy of the Eisenhower administration that helped to take American minds off the danger of the Cold War. Although Eisenhower built up a nuclear stockpile as a threat, at the same time, he decreased the standing army and backed away from active combat situations around the globe. For instance, he worked out a truce to end the Korean War in 1953. He refused to become actively involved in conflict between the French and the Vietnamese. In 1956, during the Suez Crisis, the Eisenhower administration pressured its allies to withdraw and allow the Egyptians to take the Suez Canal. The United States did not intervene when the Soviets crushed a Hungarian pro-democracy movement in 1956. The lack of US active involvement in these situations saved American lives and a lot of money. As a result, the United States was able to enjoy great domestic prosperity during the Eisenhower administration, which helped to divert public attention from the worrisome Cold War.