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An Abraham Bosse etching titled "Les Vierges Sages" circa 1640 depicts a French ladies' book circle, how women of quality got together while husbands were away. (Folger Shakespeare Library)

An Abraham Bosse etching titled "Les Vierges Sages" circa 1640 depicts a French ladies' book circle, how women of quality got together while husbands were away. (Folger Shakespeare Library)

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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.