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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney answers reporters' questions after he talked about the economy at Vermeer Corporation in Pella, Iowa, on Wednesday. He'll be participating in a debate with other Republican presidential candidates on Thursday. (Associated Press)

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney answers reporters' questions after he talked about the economy at Vermeer Corporation in Pella, Iowa, on Wednesday. He'll be participating in a debate with other Republican presidential candidates on Thursday. (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.