US military sparks outrage by tweeting about dropping bombs

STRATCOM apologises for ‘bad taste’ joke after tweeting it’s ready to drop something ‘much bigger’ than NY crystal ball.

US Air Force B-52 bomber flies over Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea.
The clip showed a B-2 bomber dropping bombs, followed by explosions on the ground [File: Ahn Young-joon/The Associated Press]

The US military force that oversees the country’s nuclear arsenal has sparked outrage when it tweeted it was ready to drop something “much, much bigger” than the traditional New Year’s Eve crystal ball in New York and showing a video of an aircraft releasing bombs.

“#TimesSquare tradition rings in the #NewYear by dropping the big ball … if ever needed, we are #ready to drop something much, much bigger,” US Strategic Command (STRATCOM) said in a later-deleted message on Twitter, hours before the midnight descent of the illuminated ball in Times Square marking the arrival of the new year.

The post encouraged viewers to watch the video to the end, including footage of bombs and missiles being dropped from a B-2 bomber followed by explosions on the ground.

The tweet prompted criticism by many social media users.

Amid the outcry that followed, STRATCOM – whose slogan is “peace is our profession” – then deleted the post and tweeted an apology.

“Our previous NYE tweet was in poor taste & does not reflect our values. We apologise. We are dedicated to the security of America & allies,” it said.

Source: Al Jazeera, News Agencies