US Strategic Command Deletes Tweet. For What?
US Strategic Command Deletes Tweet. For What?
January 1, 2019
I swear, social media is making people more stupid by the day. For example, in the midst of New Year’s Eve revelry, the US Strategic Command issued a tweet featuring a video of a B-2 stealth bomber in flight. The B-2 then released two bombs, which, of course, made Big Booms. But that wasn’t all.
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.”
Cue the social media outrage!
Walter Shaub, Jr., who resigned from the Office of Government Ethics in 2017, presumably because Trump offends him, huffed:
“What kind of maniacs are running this country?”
MSNBC contributor Joe Corincione called it a “sick, bragging joke by our Strategic Command.”
And a Texas mom howled that the tweet was “inappropriate & not amusing.”
Well, friends, I thought it was amusing. I mean, what do these wusses think the US Strategic Command does — drop CARE packages to the Taliban? If anything, the tweet should inspire pride in our military. After all, the GPS-bombs pictured — GPU-57 Massive Ordnance Penetrators — are designed to breach underground bunkers and weapon storage sites where the Bad Guys hide out and keep their munitions. We’re not talking civilian populations here.
Besides, a spokeswoman for the US Strategic Command noted this:
“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.”
So it wasn’t the first time they had posted this video, which the spokeswoman said was to demonstrate their priorities of “strategic deterrence, decisive response and combat-ready force.”
But, never mind. The US Strategic Command folded in the face of social media scolds, deleted the tweet, and issued this 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.
— US Strategic Command (@US_Stratcom) December 31, 2018
Well, that was too bad. But you want to know what the video looked like, don’t you? Fortunately, Charles Johnson from Little Green Footballs found it:
This is the video posted today by US Strategic Command. pic.twitter.com/cjJ2KoPQgs
— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) December 31, 2018
As my husband said when he saw that video: “Whoa! Dude!”
But let’s go back to 1964, shall we? We were in the middle of the Cold War, when the Soviet Union was a threat to American security. The Cuban Missile Crisis, a time when we lurched close to war, happened in 1962, only two short years earlier. Lee Harvey Oswald, an American Communist, had assassinated President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Needless to say, everyone’s tensions were high.
And then Stanley Kubrick released his dark Cold War comedy, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. The Bomb, of course, was the Atom bomb. The Internet Movie Data Base provides this synopsis of the film:
“An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a War Room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop.”
Moreover, here’s the ending scene, when Major “King” Kong rides an A-Bomb from a B-52 to a Russian missile base. We see the nuclear explosion that results.
But everyone laughed, because it was funny. Dark, yes, but brilliantly hilarious in that Kubrick way:
I wonder how today’s social media scolds would react if Dr. Strangelove was released as a new film today. Why, they’d pile onto Twitter with hashtag campaigns in order to destroy the movie at the box office. Moreover, they wouldn’t ‘get’ the fact that Dr. Strangelove was really an anti-war satire. “Not funny! Insensitive! Sick! Do NOT see this film!” they’d screech.
Blah, blah, blah.
Frankly, I think the US Strategic Command should’ve kept that post up at Twitter. They had no need to apologize. After all, we’ve got the most badass military in the world, and it’s something to celebrate. I’m glad they’ve got my back.
Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!
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