US nuclear bomb command forced to apologies for boastful tweet about bombing on New Year’s Eve

US nuclear bomb command forced to apologies for boastful tweet about bombing on New Year's Eve

Jan. 2, 2019– Mary Greeley News – The U.S. Strategic Command deleted a tweet Monday that said that the unified command was prepared to drop bombs, if need be, on New Year’s Eve with a video depicting U.S. stealth fighter doing just that.

“#TimesSquare tradition rings in the #NewYear by dropping the big ball…if needed, we are #ready to drop something much, much bigger,” the tweet read.

The tweet encouraged viewers to watch the video “to the end.” The conclusion depicted explosions after bombs were dropped by planes like the B-2 bomber out of Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri, which was tagged in the tweet.

U.S. Strategic Command personnel did not immediately respond to request for comment.

USSTRATCOM is a unified command in control of the U.S. arsenal of nuclear weapons, among other things, and is based out of Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. The command slogan is “Peace is Our Profession” and was used in hashtag form in the tweet, which caused some people to question the motive of the tweet and video.

The tweet inaccurately stated that they were willing to drop “something much, much bigger.” The largest nuclear warhead currently in service in the U.S. is the B83 nuclear bomb, which weighs approximately 2,400 pounds and has an 18-inch diameter. The Times Square ball dropped on NYE every year weighs just under 12,000 pounds and is over 12 feet in diameter.

The tweet sparked disbelief on social media. Walter M Shaub Jr, who resigned in 2017 from his position as the head of the Office of Government Ethics, asked: “What kind of maniacs are running this country?”

US nuclear bomb command forced to apologies for boastful tweet about bombing on New Year's Eve

Perhaps after the unit’s social media team saw some of the reaction it was generating, the message was swiftly deleted, and an apology put out in its place.

A spokesperson said the post was “part of our recap of command priorities” and had been intended to reassure people in the US the military is always prepared – even on New Year’s Eve.

But the unit’s apology admitted the initial message had been “in poor taste” and insisted it was not reflective of their values.

The video in the initial tweet had shown the dropping of “a pair of conventional Massive Ordnance Penetrators (MOPs) at a test range,” a spokesperson for the US Strategic Command unit explained to NBC News.

MOPs are 14,000kg bombs meant for hitting underground bunkers.

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