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Rep. Tim Ryan, author of the book "A Mindful Nation" speaks at BuddhaFest, in Arlington, Va., June 15, 2012. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)

Rep. Tim Ryan, author of the book "A Mindful Nation" speaks at BuddhaFest, in Arlington, Va., June 15, 2012. (Preston Keres/Special to 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.