US Strategic Command apologises for New Year’s Eve tweet about dropping bombs
The US Strategic Command, which oversees America’s nuclear and missile arsenal, boasted in a tweet about dropping “something much, much bigger” than the Times Square ball.
- The video was viewed more than 170,000 times before being deleted
- The message sparked criticism on social media
- The US Strategic Command deleted the tweet and posted an apology later the same evening
The New Year’s Eve tweet, which included a video of a B-2 stealth bomber dropping bombs followed by explosions on the ground, was deleted after three hours.
“#TimesSquare tradition rings in the #NewYear by dropping the big ball … if ever needed, we are #ready to drop something much, much bigger,” the tweet said.
Command later posted an apology.
“Our previous NYE tweet was in poor taste & does not reflect our values.”
“We apologize. We are dedicated to the security of America & allies.”
Our previous NYE tweet was in poor taste & does not reflect our values. We apologize. We are dedicated to the security of America & allies.
The incident sparked a flurry of criticism on social media.
Former head of the US Office of Government Ethics, Walter M Shaub Jr, tweeted: “What kind of maniacs are running this country?”
“Why is @US_Stratcom joking about nuclear war? #shameful,” tweeted @maryfshort.
At first, I did not believe this could be real. But it is. It is an industry ad doubling as a sick, bragging joke by our Strategic Command. Disgraceful.