GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry is accusing the Obama administration of "over-the-top rhetoric" and "disdain for the military" in its condemnation of a video that purportedly shows Marines urinating on dead bodies in Afghanistan.
No one has been charged in the case, but officials in the U.S. and abroad have called for swift punishment of the four Marines.
A military criminal investigation and an internal Marine Corps review are under way. The Geneva Conventions forbid the desecration of the dead.
Perry told CNN's "State of the Union" that he thinks the Marines involved should be reprimanded, but not pursued with criminal charges.
Perry said, "18, 19-year-old kids make stupid mistakes all too often and that's what's occurred here."