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Turnabout: As members of the Senate, Joseph R. Biden (above), Chuck Hagel (below left) and John F. Kerry in particular defended Syrian President Bashar Assad against the demonization from the Bush administration. Now on President Obama's national security team, they have taken a starkly different view. (Associated Press)

Turnabout: As members of the Senate, Joseph R. Biden (above), Chuck Hagel (below left) and John F. Kerry in particular defended Syrian President Bashar Assad against the demonization from the Bush administration. Now on President Obama's national security team, they have taken a starkly different view. (Associated Press)

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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.