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President Obama, whose appearances filled stadiums with enthusiastic crowds in 2008, officially kicked off his re-election campaign Saturday in Columbus, Ohio with first lady Michelle Obama before 14,000 supporters, leaving about a quarter of the seats empty. (Associated Press)

President Obama, whose appearances filled stadiums with enthusiastic crowds in 2008, officially kicked off his re-election campaign Saturday in Columbus, Ohio with first lady Michelle Obama before 14,000 supporters, leaving about a quarter of the seats empty. (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.