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Republican lawmakers have joined the fight to stop a federal court from ordering the removal of the giant white cross that has loomed for decades over the Mount Soledad Veterans War Memorial in San Diego. (Associated Press)

Republican lawmakers have joined the fight to stop a federal court from ordering the removal of the giant white cross that has loomed for decades over the Mount Soledad Veterans War Memorial in San Diego. (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.