Perry Defends Marines Urinating On Taliban Corpses: ‘Kids Make Stupid Mistakes' (Video)

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry appeared on CNN’s State Of The Union and defended the actions of the Marines who urinated on the corpses of dead Taliban fighters. Anchor Candy Crowley had asked the Texas Governor about the incident and what his response would’ve been had he been president.

SPARTANBURG, SC- JANUARY 8: Republican presidential candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry greets supporters during a campaign stop at the Beacon Drive-In January 8, 2012 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. After suffering a fifth place finish in the Iowa caucuses, Gov. Perry has returned to the campaign trail in South Carolina with events for the next several days in hopes of keeping his candidacy alive.

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry appeared on CNN’s State Of The Union and defended the actions of the Marines who urinated on the corpses of dead Taliban fighters. Anchor Candy Crowley had asked the Texas Governor about the incident and what his response would’ve been had he been president. “Well, obviously, 18, 19-year-old kids make stupid mistakes all too often, and that’s what’s occurred here,” Perry explained. “When you’re in war — and history kind of backs up. There’s a picture of General Patton doing basically the same thing in the Rhine river. Although there’s not a picture, Churchill did the same thing on the Siegfried line.”

“What’s really disturbing to me is the over-the-top rhetoric from this administration and their disdain for the military, it appears. Whether it’s the Secretary of State or whether it’s the Secretary of Defense. I mean, these kids made a mistake. There’s not any doubt about it — shouldn’t have done it it. It’s bad — but to call it a criminal act, I think, is over-the-top.”

The Blaze’s Madeleine Morgenstern notes that Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta called the video “utterly deplorable” and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned it as “absolutely inconsistent with American values.”