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World history is filled with authoritarian rulers who have pretended to excel athletically, including Russia President Vladimir Putin on the hockey rink.

World history is filled with authoritarian rulers who have pretended to excel athletically, including Russia President Vladimir Putin on the hockey rink.

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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.