In the Republican presidential debate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry used a question on foreign policy to assail the Obama administration’s attitude toward the nation’s military, criticizing the administration's response to a video showing Marines urinating on Taliban bodies.
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta labeled the video, which surfaced last week, "utterly despicable." Perry, mentioning that comment, said: “Let me tell you what's utterly despicable: Cutting Danny Pearl’s head off and showing the video of it. Hanging our contractors from bridges, that's utterly despicable.”
Daniel Pearl was the Wall Street Journal reporter who was beheaded in Pakistan in 2002. The debate was sponsored by the Wall Street Journal, along with Fox and the state GOP. The burned bodies of four U.S. civilian contractors were hung from a bridge in Fallouja, Iraq, in 2004.
Perry said he believed the Marines’ behavior was inappropriate. “They made a mistake that the military needs to deal with, and they need to be punished,” he said.