The US Strategic Command on Tuesday casually tweeted about US adversaries conducting a nuclear strike as their 'least bad option.'
"The spectrum of conflict today is neither linear nor predictable," tweeted US STRATCOM, adding "We must account for the possibility of conflict leading to conditions which could very rapidly drive an adversary to consider nuclear use as their least bad option."
#USSTRATCOM Posture Statement Preview: The spectrum of conflict today is neither linear nor predictable. We must account for the possibility of conflict leading to conditions which could very rapidly drive an adversary to consider nuclear use as their least bad option. pic.twitter.com/4Oe7xkl05L— US Strategic Command (@US_Stratcom) April 20, 2021
The ominous tweet from America's top strategic defense and global strike command comes on the same day as STRATCOM commander Adm. Charles Richard warned the Senate Armed Services Committee that China's nuclear capabilities are increasing rapidly, and they may be - for the first time - primed for use.
"I can't get through a week right now, without finding out something we didn't know about China," Richard told Senators alongside Army Gen. James Dickinson - head of US Space Command who also said that China was among his top military concerns as they advance in space-based military technology, according to Stars & Stripes.
STRATCOM's tweet sparked panicked response from people wondering why the Biden administration would suddenly tweet about nuclear war as part of the agency's annual Posture Statement - designed to inform Congress about the current status of affairs within the agency and around the world, according to Newsweek.
"I feel like this isn't something to spring on us in a tweet," one woman replied.
"What's a worse option than nuclear?" another person asked.
In what reality is nuclear the least bad option? You mean there is something worse than that? pic.twitter.com/Y4T6GFkkC7— Snow Hawk (@HaakinSnow) April 20, 2021
That's a pretty ominous statement... pic.twitter.com/YYZjwVi8M4— Christopher Jones (@Jones3d) April 20, 2021