Why Peter MacKay believes Asia needs a substantial and permanent Canadian military presence is tough to figure out. Does Elmer's backward boy think the Asians are somehow lacking in firepower and need Canada to top up their capacity for mayhem?
Rest easy, Pete. The Asians have their martial needs well in hand.
Indonesia is stocking up on South Korean subs, Chinese and American radar systems. Vietnam is filling Russia's coffers with orders for subs and jets and has bought Israeli ballistic missiles. Gee whiz.
Singapore, like everyone else, is also investing in submarines and the latest Swedish warplanes with highly effective anti-ship missiles.
86 more subs are expected to be sailing in Asian waters by 2020, 30 of which will be Chinese. So what exactly do they need from us, Pete? Hell, their submarines are going to be better and newer than those old Brit hulks we're finally pressing into service.
They don't need us Pete. If they do, they'll ask. So why don't we wait until they can give us a convincing reason why we should be there?