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Brazilian Economy Minister Guido Mantega welcomes French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde, the front-runner for chief of the International Monetary Fund. Brazil is one of several countries that wants the IMF search to go outside of Europe. (Associated Press)

Brazilian Economy Minister Guido Mantega welcomes French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde, the front-runner for chief of the International Monetary Fund. Brazil is one of several countries that wants the IMF search to go outside of Europe. (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.