During the past few months, relations between Cuba and United States have suddenly improved: the U.S. has removed Cuba from the list of sponsors of terrorism, eased travel restrictions, both countries have re-established diplomatic relations, and this week president Barack Obama met with Cuban president Raul Castro – with all that happening after fifty years of embargo and multiple halfhearted attempts to assassinate Cuban leader Fidel Castro. In fact, if the things continue at the rate they are going now, a year from now Cuba and America will be drunk-texting each other at 3am, and the calls between the nations’ leaders will end in “you hang up first! – no, you hang up first! – no, you hang up!” So what’s behind the sudden warming up of US-Cuban relationship? Here are 10 possible reasons.
1) This was yet another unpredictable effect of global warming.
2) After 54 years of American efforts to expand the blockade, it became clear that the no one was willing to help the US in isolating Cuba, except for the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.
3) Barack Obama finally got tired of Republicans calling him a socialist, and decided to give them an example what actual socialism looks like.
4) The American politics is so messed up that is easier to open the whole island, than to close the Guantanamo military base on the island.
5) If Iran’s example is any indication, keeping the sanctions on Cuba increases the risk that Cuba will develop its own nuclear bomb.
6) With 2016 elections coming up soon, the White House has to scrounge up some extra ambassadorships to entice potential donors.
7) With demand for oil plummeting, someone has to buy all that extra oil to keep the prices from falling further.
8) Raul Castro promised Obama that in exchange for ending the sanctions, Cuba will take back Cuban-American presidential candidates Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. (For a few billion dollars in aid, Castro agreed to take Donald Trump, too.)
9) Cuba’s poor human rights record stopped being a hurdle once State Department realized that if the United States were to actually let human rights determine its policy, the U.S. would have to impose sanctions on Texas and Louisiana.
10) With open borders and multiple direct flights to Cuba, it would be much easier to send someone to finally kill Fidel Castro.