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In this image released by NBC, former Vice President Dick Cheney appears on the "Today" show to talk about his new book "In My Time," Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/NBC, Peter Kramer)

In this image released by NBC, former Vice President Dick Cheney appears on the "Today" show to talk about his new book "In My Time," Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/NBC, Peter Kramer)

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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.