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."

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.