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Susan Rice says Syria 'would not be another war'

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WASHINGTON (AP) - White House national security adviser Susan Rice says any U.S. military action against Syria "would not be another war."

She says the Syrian regime used chemical weapons against its own people and said that raises threats to other countries in the region, including Israel, the region's top U.S. ally.

Rice's remarks Monday to the New America Foundation think tank are part of a concerted White House effort to build support with the public and in Congress to authorize Obama to use military action against the Syrian government.

The effort faces widespread skepticism. Obama is scheduled to deliver an address to the nation on Tuesday.

Rice says the Obama administration and allies have exhausted other measures to stop Syria's use of weapons.

Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden says he may have to postpone an upcoming trip to Panama, as Congress wrestles with an authorization for the U.S. military to strike Syria.

Biden is scheduled to visit Panama and Mexico next week to strengthen U.S. ties with Latin and Central America. On Biden's itinerary is a visit to the Panama Canal's expansion projects and meetings with the presidents of Mexico and Panama.

But Biden, speaking at an event in Baltimore about ports and infrastructure, says he may have to postpone his trip to Panama. He's pointing to pressures in the Senate, where lawmakers are debating President Barack Obama's request for a military response to chemical weapons use in Syria.

Biden didn't mention whether Mexico may also be postponed. His office declined to offer details.

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