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Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri Democrat, speaks during a meeting of the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association Sept. 7, 2012, in St. Louis. McCaskill is running for re-election against Republican challenger, Rep. Todd Akin. (Associated Press)

Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri Democrat, speaks during a meeting of the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association Sept. 7, 2012, in St. Louis. McCaskill is running for re-election against Republican challenger, Rep. Todd Akin. (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.