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US Strategic Command Apologizes for New Year’s Bomb Tweet



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.

Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis

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.

Followers of Stratcom referred to the tweet as, “evil,” “crass” and “unbelievable.” Former Director of Government Ethics, Walter Shaub, wrote, “What kind of maniacs are running this country?”

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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.”