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Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky challenged the Republican Party establishment to win his seat in 2010. He started a nearly 13-hour filibuster Wednesday, demanding assurances that the Obama administration would not use drones in the U.S. to kill terrorist suspects. (Associated Press)

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky challenged the Republican Party establishment to win his seat in 2010. He started a nearly 13-hour filibuster Wednesday, demanding assurances that the Obama administration would not use drones in the U.S. to kill terrorist suspects. (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.