Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
When Times Square in New York traditionally dropped a crystal ball to celebrate the New Year, the Pentagon‘s Strategic Command department tweeted that it is “ready to drop something much, much bigger, if ever needed”. The text was accompanied by a video of a B-2 bomber dropping big bombs.
Strategic Command, which is responsible for the nuclear arsenal of the US, removed the message a little later, after much criticism of the ‘funny’ New Year’s wish. Many people said via Twitter that they found it frightening that this department is bragging about US American weapons or joking about heavy bombing.
Eg, the American lawyer Walter Shaub, who until last year was the director of the ‘ethics office’ of the American government, reacted in a shocked way to the report. “What kind of maniacs are running this country?” he asked himself on Twitter. …
According to the ministry, no nuclear weapons can be seen in the video, as some people suggested. It were supposedly images of a war game with an MOP. That is a bomb of almost 14,000 kilos, the heaviest non-nuclear weapon that the US Air Force uses.
It is not really surprising that people thought about nuclear weapons; as that is the Strategic Command’s department.
How ironic, their #PeaceIsOurProfession hashtag. Maybe like the slogan in George Orwell’s 1984: War is peace.
On New Year’s Eve, the US Strategic Command, which oversees the United States’ nuclear arsenal, posted a tweet declaring its readiness to “drop something much, much bigger” than the “big ball” at Times Square in New York. The implication of the tweet is that the United States military is not only quite ready to kill people with nuclear weapons for a third time, but quite eager: here.