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Peter O'Toole's performance in "Lawrence of Arabia" earned him the first of his eight Oscar nominations. Mr. O'Toole, about to turn 80, has announced his retirement. (Columbia Pictures via Associated Press)

Peter O'Toole's performance in "Lawrence of Arabia" earned him the first of his eight Oscar nominations. Mr. O'Toole, about to turn 80, has announced his retirement. (Columbia Pictures via 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.