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Vice President Joseph R. Biden visits with a patron over lunch at Cruisers Diner in Seaman, Ohio. Politicians have always tried to connect with voters, but the 2012 candidates are putting their all into the campaign cliche of pressing the flesh. (Associated Press)

Vice President Joseph R. Biden visits with a patron over lunch at Cruisers Diner in Seaman, Ohio. Politicians have always tried to connect with voters, but the 2012 candidates are putting their all into the campaign cliche of pressing the flesh. (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.