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President Bush is applauded by Vice President Dick Cheney (left) and House Speaker Dennis Hastert, of Ill. while delivering his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in 2004. (Associated Press)

President Bush is applauded by Vice President Dick Cheney (left) and House Speaker Dennis Hastert, of Ill. while delivering his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in 2004. (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.