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Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said fellow Republicans must “realize that military spending is not immune to waste and fraud.” Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, warned of “devastating cuts to our military” from the sequester. (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.