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Specialists watch from the New York Stock Exchange in September 2011 as President Obama makes a speech. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq stock indexes have both fared better in Mr. Obama’s first term than in those of five previous presidents. (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.