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A special select committee set up by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, in 2007 was used as a vehicle to promote "cap-and-trade" legislation for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. (Associated Press)

A special select committee set up by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, in 2007 was used as a vehicle to promote "cap-and-trade" legislation for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. (Associated Press)

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Say hello, Assad: See the Navy warships off the coast of Syria

The Navy has sent four warships — USS Ramage, USS Mahan, USS Gravely and USS Barry — armed with ballistic missiles into the eastern Mediterranean Sea amid violence in Syria. Navy ships are capable of a variety of military actions, including launching Tomahawk cruise missiles as they did against Libya in 2011.