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**FILE** Thorbjoern Jagland, secretary general of the Council of Europe (left) speaks to Chairman of the Russian parliamentary committee on international affairs Alexey Pushkov during his meeting with lawmakers at the State Duma, lower parliament chamber, in Moscow on May 21, 2013. (Associated Press)

**FILE** Thorbjoern Jagland, secretary general of the Council of Europe (left) speaks to Chairman of the Russian parliamentary committee on international affairs Alexey Pushkov during his meeting with lawmakers at the State Duma, lower parliament chamber, in Moscow on May 21, 2013. (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.