A major portion of America’s agricultural exports float down the Mississippi to the port of New Orleans where they are loaded on ships and exported to Europe or Asia.
Cuba has two natural chokepoints which could stifle American trade coming into or out of New Orleans: 1) the Florida Straits, and 2) the western passage in the Gulf of Mexico between Cuba and the Yucatan Peninsula.
Putin is wounded and looking for some form of retribution. He can make trouble via Cuba if he wants to.
This has been co-opted by yesterday’s announcement.
Timber exports from Alabama and chicken exports from Arkansas will most likely be the primary American beneficiaries.
I’m no fan of the Castro brothers or Obama, but from a geopolitical point it made sense. To a lesser degree, American trade will benefit.