Secretary of State Clinton's Global Mission

She Talks to "60 Minutes" About America's Foreign Policy Challenges, the War on Terror, and Being the Country's Top Diplomat

After the car bomb was found in Times Square, we wanted to ask the secretary of state about the administration's efforts against terrorism in Pakistan and Afghanistan. "60 Minutes" correspondent Scott Pelley spoke with Secretary Clinton at the State Department on Friday.

It was the last in a series of interviews that we've done with her over the last six months. During that time, we've been traveling with Mrs. Clinton to see how this surprising choice for secretary of state is engaging the world. We didn't expect such a far flung story would begin with questions about events in the heart of Manhattan.

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"Is the Times Square bomber connected to a Pakistani-based terrorist group?" Pelley asked.

"There are connections. Exactly what they are, how deep they are, how long they've lasted, whether this was an operation encouraged or directed, those are questions that are still in the process of being sorted out," Secretary Clinton replied.

The most likely connection, she said, is to a group called the Pakistani Taliban.

"With the bomb in Times Square, I wonder what your message is to the Pakistani government?" Pelley asked.

"It's very clear. This is a threat that we share, we have a common enemy. There is no time to waste in going after that common enemy as hard and fast as we can and we cannot tolerate having people encouraged, directed, trained and sent from Pakistan to attack us," she replied.

Clinton was in Pakistan, ironically, at the same time the alleged Times Square bomber was being trained there. On her trip last October, away from the cameras, she said something remarkable about the Pakistani government, something she repeated to us.

"I'm not saying that they're at the highest levels but I believe that somewhere in this government are people who know where Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda is, where Mullah Omar and the leadership of the Afghan Taliban is and we expect more cooperation to help us bring to justice, capture or kill, those who attacked us on 9/11," Clinton said.

"But we're not getting that cooperation," Pelley remarked.

"Well, we are," Clinton replied.

"The question is why is this administration not pressuring Pakistan to give up Osama bin Laden [or] his deputy Ayman al Zawahiri…," Pelley asked.

"I have to stand up for the efforts the Pakistani government is taking. They have done a very significant move toward going after the terrorists within their own country," Clinton replied.

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"Even in light of the Times Square bomber, you are comfortable with the cooperation you are getting from the Pakistani government?" Pelley asked.

"Well, now, I didn't say that. I've said we've gotten more cooperation and it's been a real sea change in the commitment we've seen from the Pakistani government. We want more; we expect more. We've made it very clear that, if, heaven forbid, that an attack like this, if we can trace back to Pakistan, were to have been successful, there would be very severe consequences," Clinton said.

Asked what she meant exactly, Clinton said, "I think I'll let that speak for itself."

"Developments to come," Pelley remarked.

"Right," she replied.

We met with Hillary Rodham Clinton at the State Department. If history had been President Obama's guide, he wouldn't have chosen her.

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