"Yes.. this is a punishment.. Also US airlines can do as they please with argentinian routes.. but argentinian's
airlines cannot add services to US.."
welllllll...... no. In case anyone is not clear on this issue, this is a rating based on the country (not on any individual airlines) by the FAA. It affects air service only between the country in question and the us. The Cat 2 rating doesn't disallow US carriers to fly there, no, but I doubt argentina would let them, in light of being downgraded. (just want to make sure not to rub anyone the wrong way here, I don't know anyithng about the current politics in volved and don't intend to deny this was done as punishment)
When in doubt, one B pump off