New Year’s Eve is a night of extreme revelry and sometimes questionable decisions. US Strategic Command made one of these decisions with a tweet associating the Times Square Ball with an explosive bomb. Stratcom is the agency responsible for preparing the US for the threat of nuclear war.
The tweet read, “#TimesSquare tradition rings in the #NewYear by dropping the big ball…if ever needed, we are #ready to drop something much, much bigger.” The post also featured a video of B-2 bomber dropping a Massive Ordinance Penetrator.
The Strategic Command public affairs office was closed for the holiday, but they removed the post after a few hours of criticism.
Stratcom quickly engaged in damage control, tweeting, “Our previous NYE tweet was in poor taste & does not reflect our values. We apologize. We are dedicated to the security of America & allies.”
Major Meghan Liemburg-Archer explained the rationale behind the tweet, “t was saying we’re always read. It’s an old post we posted quite a while ago. We kind of repurposed it with a New Year’s message.”