Perry: Soldiers who urinated on dead Taliban just 'kids'

Texas Gov. Rick Perry slammed the Obama administration on Sunday for being too tough on a group of Marines photographed urinating on the dead bodies of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.

"Obviously, 18, 19 year-old kids make stupid mistakes all too often, and that's what's occurred here," Perry said on CNN's "State of the Union."

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Perry said the soldiers should be punished but that criminal charges are excessive.

"What is really disturbing to me is the over-the-top rhetoric from this administration and their disdain for the military it appears," Perry said. 

U.S. and Afghan officials have condemned the incident, and a military investigation is underway. The Geneva Convention bans desecrating the dead.