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D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown confers with a staffer Wednesday during a council meeting. Mr. Brown has introduced a bill that calls for exploring public financing of political campaigns in the city. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)

D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown confers with a staffer Wednesday during a council meeting. Mr. Brown has introduced a bill that calls for exploring public financing of political campaigns in the city. (Craig Bisacre/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.