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Students posing as Vice President Joseph R. Biden and Republican rival Rep. Paul Ryan shake hands Wednesday during setup for Thursday night’s vice presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky. (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.