Rick Perry Defends 'Kids' Who Urinated on Taliban

GOP candidate slams White House 'rhetoric'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 15, 2012 5:24 PM CST
Rick Perry Defends Marines Who Urinated on Taliban in Video
This image made from a YouTube video shows men in US Marine combat gear, standing in a semi-circle over three bodies.   (AP Photo)

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry today accused the Obama administration of "over-the-top rhetoric" and "disdain for the military" in its condemnation of a video that purportedly shows four Marines urinating on corpses in Afghanistan. "Obviously, 18-, 19-year-old kids make stupid mistakes all too often. And that's what's occurred here," Perry told CNN's "State of the Union."

Perry's comments put him at odds with Sen. John McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, who said the images could damage the war effort. "The Marine Corps prides itself that we don't lower ourselves to the level of the enemy," McCain said when asked about Perry's position. "So it makes me sad more than anything else, because ... I can't tell you how wonderful these people (Marines) are. And it hurts their reputation and their image." (More Rick Perry 2012 stories.)

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