Well, boys and girls, these are your public "servants" who really, really, really do care about your jobs and prosperity. I am being facetious, of course. This quote from Rep. Sherman (D-Calif) gives some hint on why such a preposterous decision was made:"Iran Air's aircraft will undoubtedly be used in the future to continue to funnel lethal assistance to Assad, to Hezbollah, and to other terrorist entities." Do you get my drift (wink, wink)? Loyalty to Israel is a big deal in US politics.
Meanwhile Airbus and some Russian aerospace firms are gladly reading these news. And why not--$17.9 billion is a big chunk of money. At this stage one has to ask a question, apart from Congress and White House consistently not representing the real interests of the majority of American public, how stupid one has to be to lose such a massive financial opportunity which could have had a positive multiplicative effect on the economy? The answer, apart from being at the service of other than US interests, is--one has to be a complete imbecile, or, rather a collection of those.