U.S. President Barack Obama says he will not make a decision on the war in Afghanistan based on "the politics of the moment," as he faces rising public opposition in the United States to the conflict.
In a series of televised interviews broadcast Sunday (CNN's State of the Union, ABC's This Week With George Stephanopoulos, NBC's Meet The Press, CBS's Face the Nation), Mr. Obama said he does not have a deadline to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan but he does not believe in an indefinite occupation.
He pledged to pursue the right strategy with clear benchmarks of progress. Mr. Obama said he must be skeptical about whether to send more troops to Afghanistan, but he said if more troops are needed to defeat al-Qaida, then the U.S. will do what is required.
On another topic, Mr. Obama said former President Bill Clinton told him that North Korea's leader Kim Jong-il is "pretty healthy and in control."