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DoD deletes tweet that joked about blowing up millennials trying to storm Area 51
Sometimes a joke just doesn't work.
For example, the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service tweeted and subsequently deleted a Gilbert Gottfried-esque misfire about the "Storm Area 51" movement.
On Friday DVIDSHUB tweeted a picture of a B-2 bomber on the flight line with a formation of airmen in front of it along with the caption: "The last thing #Millenials will see if they attempt the #area51raid today."
If death is easy and comedy is hard, jokes about wiping out millennials with precision guided munitions are particularly difficult to pull off. The tweet no longer exists online, but Task & Purpose was able to get a screenshot of it before it was deleted.
"Last night a DVIDSHUB employee posted a tweet that in NO WAY supports the stance of the Department of Defense," DVIDSHUB said in a statement to Task & Purpose on Saturday. "It was inappropriate and we apologize for this mistake."
This is far from the first time that the U.S. military has screwed up on Twitter. On Dec. 31, U.S. Strategic Command deleted a New Year's Eve tweet indicating it was about to ring in 2019 with a thermonuclear holocaust.
STRATCOM, which has purview over the U.S. military's nuclear arsenal, tweeted a video of a B-2 dropping bombs along with the joke: ""#TimesSquare tradition rings in the #NewYear by dropping the big ball ... if ever needed, we are #ready to drop something much, much bigger."
Shortly thereafter, the command issued an apology, saying the tweet was "in poor taste."
Apparently, the only thing funnier than the end of all life on Earth is crushing children's belief in Santa Claus. On Oct. 25, 2017, the Air Force official Twitter account tried to settle a Twitter battle between Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, and Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, by revealing that Santa isn't real.
After the Washington Examiner wrote about the OPSEC SNAFU, the Air Force retreated by tweeting, "Santa is real."
For U.S. service members who have fought alongside the Kurds, President Donald Trump's decision to approve repositioning U.S. forces in Syria ahead of Turkey's invasion is a naked betrayal of valued allies.
"I am ashamed for the first time in my career," one unnamed special operator told Fox News Jennifer Griffin.
In a Twitter thread that went viral, Griffin wrote the soldier told her the Kurds were continuing to support the United States by guarding tens of thousands of ISIS prisoners even though Turkey had nullified an arrangement under which U.S. and Turkish troops were conducting joint patrols in northeastern Syria to allow the Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, to withdraw.
"The Kurds are sticking by us," the soldier told Griffin. "No other partner I have ever dealt with would stand by us."
Defense Secretary Mark Esper has confirmed that a nightmare scenario has come to pass: Captured ISIS fighters are escaping as a result of Turkey's invasion of Kurdish-held northeast Syria.
Turkey's incursion has led to "the release of many dangerous ISIS detainees," Esper said in a statement on Monday.
Video footage of a purported "bombing of Kurd civilians" by Turkish military forces shown on ABC News appeared to be a nighttime firing of tracer rounds at a Kentucky gun range.
The U.S. military's seemingly never-ending mission supporting civil authorities along the southwestern border will last at least another year.
On Sept. 3, Defense Secretary Mark Esper approved a request from the Department of Homeland Security to provide a total of up to 5,500 troops along the border until Sept. 30, 2020, Lt. Gen. Laura Richardson, commander of U.S. Army North, said on Monday.