US Strategic Command Apologizes for Tweet About Dropping Bombs

The U.S. Strategic Command posted, then deleted and apologized about a tweet showing a video with B-2 Spirits dropping bombs. (Getty Images/Kevork Djansezian)
The U.S. Strategic Command posted, then deleted and apologized about a tweet showing a video with B-2 Spirits dropping bombs. (Getty Images/Kevork Djansezian)

The U.S. Strategic Command apologized Monday for a joke in "bad taste," after tweeting it was ready to drop something "much bigger" than the traditional Times Square crystal ball at New Year.

In a message posted -- and later deleted -- on Twitter, the military command that controls the U.S. nuclear arsenal released a video in which B-2 Spirits drop bombs, with the message: "If ever needed, we are #ready to drop something much, much bigger."

Amid the jaw-dropping and eye-raising on social media that followed, STRATCOM, whose slogan is "peace is our profession," then tweeted an apology.

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

A STRATCOM spokesman told NBC News the images on the video showed non-nuclear bombs being dropped.

About a million people were expected Monday night in New York's Times Square, where revelers since 1907 have rung in the New Year watching a giant crystal ball descend while the final seconds of the old year are counted down.

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