When Eisenhower was elected president, he and his Secretary of State, John Foster Dulles, took a different approach to foreign policy. He learned from Korea the difficulty of sending troops everywhere to stop the spread of Communism. Wanting peace, but not wanting to ever look weak, Ike used the threat of nuclear war as his principle means of containment. This became easier with the death of Stalin. As hard of a man Nikita Khrushchev was, Ike was equally hard, and the two men would have an understanding.