Saturday, January 28, 2006

Give them their Tim Horton's!

The Ottawa Citizen, via Nealenews:

The Canadian Forces want to raise morale among troops deployed here by setting up the furthest flung coffee and doughnut franchise in the world: Tim Hortons Afghanistan.

But the Canadian icon is balking at the idea of opening shop at Kandahar Air Field, where more than 2,000 Canadian soldiers are being deployed this month, saying it "is not part of our business model."

U.S. soldiers serving in the sprawling Kandahar base have their own Burger King, Subway and Pizza Hut franchises and, with thousands of Canadian troops heading to southern Afghanistan this month, senior Canadian officers have decided it just won't be a Canadian base without a Tim Hortons.

Frank Cley-son, director of the Canadian Forces Personnel Support Agency for the Afghanistan mission, says his agency is in negotiations with the coffee chain to set up a franchise here, 10,000 kilometres and nine time zones from North America.

"It's still in discussions between (National Defence Headquarters in) Ottawa and Tim Hortons headquarters in Oakville," said Mr. Cleyson. "There hasn't been a decision yet ... (but) I understand the ball is in Tim Hortons' court right now."
Come on Tim's! Step up to the plate and give our boys and girls a nice taste of back home to keep their morale up. They're putting their lives on the line for freedoms we take for granted.

Come to think of it, let's send over the Canadian Tire guy as well. To destroy the enemy's morale, I mean. ("Grenade launcher jammed? In Canada we have the Mastercraft blastomatic......")


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