The government *WANTS* to splash it.
Which government? Jesus, Dave, that was really stupid. You do know that the I in ISS stands for "international", don't you?
Actually, a number of the participating governments do, but I would have thought it obvious in a story about NASA, and in a thread mentioning space shuttle replacements, that it was specifically the US government being discussed. After all, what other governments ran a space shuttle program? What other governments were the Jupiter/Direct team talking to about their rocket?