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Francois Hollande (seen here) has gained popularity for his tax-the-rich proposal in his campaign to unseat French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is struggling to shed his image as "President Bling Bling" in a country with widespread aversion to wealth. (Associated Press)

Francois Hollande (seen here) has gained popularity for his tax-the-rich proposal in his campaign to unseat French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is struggling to shed his image as "President Bling Bling" in a country with widespread aversion to wealth. (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.