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D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier's new five-year contract includes an indemnification clause  that protects her from lawsuits, which the mayor says is "standard" but a police representative  calls a "red flag." (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier's new five-year contract includes an indemnification clause that protects her from lawsuits, which the mayor says is "standard" but a police representative calls a "red flag." (Andrew Harnik/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.