"Founding Father and principal author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, once quipped, ďBeer, if drunk in moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit and promotes health.Ē

The military never got that memo.

A national crisis hit Iceland this week when a force of 7,000 American sailors and Marines who know nothing about the third presidentís propensity for alcoholic self-restraint invaded the countryís capital city of Reykjav#k, flexed an unquenchable thirst for frosty suds and swiftly drained much of the cityís beer supply.

Upon arrival, sailors and Marines taking part in NATOís Trident Juncture exercise wasted no time getting wasted, Iceland Magazine reported, with most making a beeline straight from the ship to the closest bar to locate, close with and destroy beers.

Bar owners tried to accommodate the onslaught of American patrons, but ďthey were fighting an overwhelming force,Ē said local blogger, Eir#kur Jůnsson.

Give me your tired, your thirsty, your huddled masses yearning to drink beer.

Wave after wave of dehydrated sailors and Marines strolled into town, filling local establishments for four days straight in search of that old, familiar embrace of sweet inebriation.

One restaurant, Sśta Sv#niū ó good luck pronouncing that ó was one of the first to run out of beer. Bar owners tried borrowing from other businesses that were better stocked, but the Americans were too many.

As other bars quickly began drying up, owners who said they had never experienced such an alcoholic assault put out a beer distress signal.

One of Icelandís local breweries, ÷lgerū Egils Skallagr#mssonar, answered the call and immediately began working overtime to distribute emergency beer shipments that could furnish the parched Americans with sustenance.

÷lgerū Egils Skallagr#mssonar ó the king in the North.

When the ships finally departed Reykjav#k, the city with a population of about 120,000 in a country with just under 340,000 was finally able to breathe.

Iceland had survived the assault, the Americans had drank their fill and there have yet to be any reports of overindulgent debauchery ó a true success story."