Obama tells CBS' "60 Minutes" that he will change direction if the U.S. military is not on course "in terms of securing population centers" from Taliban militants.
The president also says his Dec. 1 speech at West Point ordering 30,000 more American soldiers and Marines into the 8-year-old war was probably the most emotional speech that he's made. The president says that's because he "was looking out over a group of cadets, some of whom were going to be deployed in Afghanistan. And potentially some might not come back."
The president also once again has put Pakistan on notice that it is going to have to do more against its own Taliban militants and al-Qaida. Obama says "In order for us to eradicate the problem, to really go after al-Qaida, in an effective way, we are going to need more cooperation from Pakistan."
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