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Democrat Lloyd Bentsen (left) and Republican Dan Quayle in 1988 were relative centrists compared with this year's vice presidential candidates, says the leader of the American Conservative Union. (Associated Press/File)

Democrat Lloyd Bentsen (left) and Republican Dan Quayle in 1988 were relative centrists compared with this year's vice presidential candidates, says the leader of the American Conservative Union. (Associated Press/File)

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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.