The US Strategic Command made a critical mistake over the New Year’s holiday after they posted a chest-thumping message on Twitter regarding their capabilities- they deleted the tweet and apologized.

Boasting about its readiness and strike abilities while making a tongue-in-cheek reference to dropping the Time Square ball in Manhattan, New York, the US Strategic Command reminded the world that they can drop some serious hammer if enemy nations act with hostility.

“#TimesSquare tradition rings in the #NewYear by dropping the big ball,” @US_STRATCOM wrote. “If ever needed, we are #ready to drop something much, much bigger.”

Accompanying the text was a video featuring B-2 stealth bombers releasing ordnance. All in all, former President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt would likely have been pretty proud of this “big stick” video.

What would have made him roll over in his grave, however, is USSTRATCOM’s cowardly backtracking in the face of netizens who deemed it “inappropriate.”

Former director of the Office of Government Ethics Walter Shaub -who was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2013 and resigned from his position in July of 2017- expressed his outrage on Twitter, asking “What kind of maniacs are running this country?”

Other social media users thought the joke wasn’t funny at all, and even wondered if the military was planning a bomb strike at midnight.

“This is really disturbing coming from US Strategic Command. It isn’t amusing. It is terrifying,” wrote one user.

In the face of angry people on the internet, USSTRATCOM metaphorically released flares and turned tail, apologizing for the tweet and expressing their dedication to keeping America and her allies safe.

“Our previous NYE tweet was in poor taste & does not reflect our values. We apologize. We are dedicated to the security of America & allies,” the organization wrote, effectively exiting 2018 with a whimper.

When pressed for comment by the Washington Post, a US Strategic Command spokesman said the post was part of a “Year in Review” series, “meant to feature our command priorities: strategic deterrence, decisive response and combat-ready force.”

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