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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley welcomes delegates back on Wednesday at the opening of the 2012 session of the General Assembly. In a surprise move, Mr. O'Malley suggested an increase in the state sales tax. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley welcomes delegates back on Wednesday at the opening of the 2012 session of the General Assembly. In a surprise move, Mr. O'Malley suggested an increase in the state sales tax. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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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.