America's nuclear forces apologise for tweeting joke about dropping something 'much bigger'

America's nuclear forces apologise for tweeting joke about dropping something 'much bigger'

America's nuclear forces apologise for tweeting joke about dropping something 'much bigger'

The tweet featured a video of a B-2 bomber dropping bombs as the words "stealth", "ready" and "lethal" flashed on the screen.

The tweet was quickly deleted, and by later Monday evening, the military formally apologized.

"These decisions about whether to put American forces at risk, and whether to kill somebody overseas, involve potentially the death of a child", national security analyst Phil Mudd said.

The ham-fisted joke was a reference to the annual crystal ball drop in New York's Times Square to mark the beginning of the new year, but was so badly received that Strategic Command was forced to delete it. "Watch to the end!" the tweet said.

It was posted online hours before the annual "ball drop" on top of One Times Square, a NY skyscraper, which marks the start of the New Year.

"Chatter about dropping bombs is NOT amusing", read another response to Stragetic Command's apology.

The post was deleted within hours and replaced with a subsequent apology from the Strategic Command's official account.

The freaky tweet prompted a backlash from some users on social media.

Former Director of Government Ethics, Walter Shaub, wrote, "What kind of maniacs are running this country?"

The message touched off many critical comments on social media.

Critics were quick to condemn Strategic Command's take on the event.

"It was a repost from earlier in the year, dropping a pair of conventional Massive Ordnance Penetrators at a test range in the United States", the spokesperson added, without elaborating further.

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