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Trump's Bluff With Iran Fails

Updated on September 18, 2019

Actions Do Speak Louder Than Words

For all the tough guy talk from the White House via President Trump, America's adversaries know Trump is really a wimp when it comes to military action. Remember how Trump chastised President Obama for failing to send missiles into Syria after they crossed the "red line" imposed? Trump is no different, another wimp that talks tough. There is no point in having the world's most powerful military if you never use it, even a little, to send a message to belligerent nations sowing war upon others.

This will be the second time Iran called Trump's bluff. The first was when Iran shot down the American drone and Trump called off the attack just before it was to begin. I guess he chickened out. Now, even worse, Iran launched cruise missiles from Iran and destroyed some of the Saudi oil capacity. But it does get worse. Iran has since told the UAE and Bahrain, both oil producers, they could also become targets. This is no idle threat. Trump said that America will act upon what the Saudis want to do. Since when do we need to defend the Saudis? Are we just Saudi mercenaries?

Trump's Response

Trump has tweeted that he does not want war. So far, he has refused the temptation despite Iran taunting him with these acts of war. A tough guy whom the Iranians are toying with. All Trump wants to do now is more sanctions. As if more of the same will change Iran at all. Iran already has the worse sanctions and piling more will not add that much more pain. There is a reason for this: China.

Iran has the China card. The Chinese and Iran have recently signed a $400 billion trade agreement to develop the vast amounts of oil and natural gas. In addition, there are numerous deals that the Chinese will build to improve infrastructure and trade on Chinese goods. China has been buying the Iranian oil available on the market, as have India. These two countries are Iran's lifeline from the sanctions imposed. These two countries are not abiding, not do they have to, to the American and European sanctions. In fact, France has offered Iran a $12 million loan. So, Trump's additional sanctions will be just a paltry, weak, response to Iran's attack on Saudi Arabia. Trump's response is the most safe response but one that will just signal to Iran to continue.

Of course, Trump always states that America is "cocked and loaded" with the world's greatest power, but Iran has taught lesser nations how to challenge the US by using drones and cruise missile technology that came from Russia and China. Both of these nations are more than willing to sell them to any country willing to pay the price. China and Russia will always be a foe to the US, even in good times. Trump wants to talk to Iran. How arrogant of him to think he can swoon the Iranians into some sort of deal to not get a nuclear weapon. How naive is Trump? The Iranians are playing Trump like a school kid. The scary thing about this is that it teaches other countries, like North Korea, how to handle someone like Trump.

The Bottom Line

Iran is getting support despite sanctions. Sanctions do not work. If the US were to do a blockade of their ports, that may get their attention and is safer than a surgical military strike on Iran. But options are few. Trump is showing that he is unwilling to use American military strength, in whatever form, against Iran. Just like Obama. Iran is not going to talk when they have called Trump's bluff. Perhaps, Trump should walk the talk and send in a few missiles at strategic locations unannounced.

It is time to send a message to Iran and the world.

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    • lovemychris profile image

      Leslie McCowen 

      6 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      And now.....*drum roll*.......”I had to ask about corruption in Ukraine. We can’t give money to corruption, can we?”

      Lol!

    • peoplepower73 profile image

      Mike Russo 

      6 months ago from Placentia California

      Leland: Who else would it be except Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Tucker Carlson, and Mark Levin and the Grand Mistress of Ceremony would be Kellyanne Conway.

      And the award goes to the most incompetent, lying, and scandalous president this country has ever seen...Donald J. Trump...Build that wall, Mexico will pay for it, lock her up, send them back to where they came from. Fake news, enemy of the people...grab them by the pus*y.

    • Leland Johnson profile image

      Leland Johnson 

      6 months ago from Midland MI

      Oh wow....I...I think I see what you’re saying Mike! Your deep insight has cleared this all up for me! Thank you! Thank you! Psyche! I’m not sure who’s handing out the award you’re talking about. It sounds like it has multiple factors thought. It must be the associated press of Mike. Trump 2020!

    • lovemychris profile image

      Leslie McCowen 

      6 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Trump may not be around TO run. And if he does, it won’t be media suck up like last time.

      And people are wise to bs like “Hillary runs a sex ring” and “the pope supports Trump.”

      And guess what’s floating around the web?

      The Trump Kill List.

      Now THAT’S karma!

    • peoplepower73 profile image

      Mike Russo 

      6 months ago from Placentia California

      Yes, Trump wins the award for being the most incompetent, lying, and scandalous president this country has ever seen. Too bad his supporters can't see that he has placed them into a hypnotic trance by playing to their fantasies.

    • Leland Johnson profile image

      Leland Johnson 

      6 months ago from Midland MI

      Regardless of who the dem nominee is, Trump wins.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      6 months ago

      If Warren is the nominee, Trump wins

    • lovemychris profile image

      Leslie McCowen 

      6 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Now we will spend millions to investigate Biden which has already been done, just to “get his numbers down.” It’s hillary 2.0.

      And they still call Clinton a rapist, but the three who accuse trump are liars.

      Republicans are perfect! God broke the mold with them.

      Everyone else can suck eggs.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      6 months ago

      Hypocrite

    • lovemychris profile image

      Leslie McCowen 

      6 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      “MNUCHIN: What I find inappropriate is Biden's son doing business in Ukraine

      Tapper: So it's okay for Don Jr & Ivanka but not for Biden?

      M: I really don't want to go into details”

      *****

      Derp.....

    • lovemychris profile image

      Leslie McCowen 

      6 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Yup.

    • peoplepower73 profile image

      Mike Russo 

      6 months ago from Placentia California

      I get it. That's Trump sitting on the top of the heap.

    • lovemychris profile image

      Leslie McCowen 

      6 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

    • peoplepower73 profile image

      Mike Russo 

      6 months ago from Placentia California

      Trump is reaching the point where he believes he is invincible. He truly believes that he is above the law and the constitution. He has the republicans marching in lock step with him and has made the democrats look impotent with their investigations.

      His people like Lewandowski, Guiliani, and Jay Sekulow have made a mockery of our constitution and the rule of law. The constitution is only as good as a consensus can enforce it. If the people at the top don't abide by it, it cannot serve its purpose.

      The law needs to be changed to where a sitting president can be indicted for criminal activity. Trump is sitting at the top of this heap and he could care less about following the rule of law.

      He uses his constant stream of lying and scandals to distract and confuse people so that he can get re-elected. His game plan is to wear out the populous and the MSM so they become complacent and just think, "Oh it's just Trump being Trump."

    • lovemychris profile image

      Leslie McCowen 

      6 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      “The allegation against Biden is totally baseless. In fact, as Bloomberg News discovered, the prosecution was finished before Biden took a stance, the prosecutor was widely considered corrupt, his sacking was consistent with the administration’s pro-democracy agenda, and the Obama administration supported the investigation into Hunter Biden anyway.

      Of course, the allegations don’t need to have any merit to them. The mere existence of an investigation is enough of a hook for mainstream news to treat the charges as an open question, and for conservative news to treat the guilt as preordained.”

      https://www.google.com/amp/nymag.com/intelligencer...

      *******

      This is something we need to confront: the mainstream media. They helped elect trump, and help keep the anti liberal stance going.

      As Les Moonves said, “trump may be bad for the country, but he’s good for CBS.”

      Can anyone recall any nice things the media said about Hillary during the campaign?

      I can’t. It was all negative, while they pumped up trump.

      And I mean all the media, including the New York Times. They knew all about trump’s past, his racism, his money laundering, the Russian mob and Saudi’s owning floors in trump tower. They knew all if it, but what did we get? Emails emails emails.

      How about fox? Benghazi 24/7....but complete silence when those 4 soldiers died in Niger under trump.

      And who can forget “god dam America”.... months on end. Obama had to apologize! Obama had to make a speech on race.

      Trump says grab em by the p, fire the sob’s, shithole countries, bleeding from her whatever, and it’s “oh that’s just locker room talk. Everybody does it”

      Has he apologized? Is the media hounding him to?

      THIS is the perfect example of white privilege! And male privilege, I will add. How come Comey didn’t leak the Trump investigation?

      As is said, to be considered equal, a black person must be twice as good. And ginger rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, only backwards, and in heels.

      For the life of me, I don’t understand how America remains so stuck in the past.

      And the biggest con job: media is liberal.

    • lovemychris profile image

      Leslie McCowen 

      6 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Trump is as transparent as a glass door.

      He’s a simple man. Just give him what he wants, and he’s calm.

      Cross him, and he never forgets.

      And, he has gangster morals. End justifies the means. Always.

      If you dont think he would bribe someone to get his way......watch this;

      https://youtu.be/03cmSdHD4-k

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      6 months ago

      My article, Whistle blower in Trump's White house, shows pretty clearly Leslie is right.

    • lovemychris profile image

      Leslie McCowen 

      6 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Bull!

      “Steven Pifer is a career foreign service officer who was ambassador to Ukraine under President Bill Clinton and deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs under President George W. Bush. Pifer told PolitiFact that "virtually everyone" he knew in the U.S. government and virtually all non-governmental experts on Ukraine "felt that Shokin was not doing his job and should be fired. As far as I can recall, they all concurred with the vice president telling Poroshenko that the U.S. government would not extend the $1 billion loan guarantee to Ukraine until Shokin was removed from office."—politifact

      *****

      “Joe Biden has long served as friendly voice for U.S.-China relations, even before his son’s investment ventures.“

      https://theintercept.com/2019/05/03/biden-son-chin...

      There was no colluding ....it was three kids of politicians making money. Do I approve? No. Is it colluding with foreign gvts? Give me a break!

      And it was the son of William Bulger, not Whitey. Whitey Bulger supported Trump. Duh.

      https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nbcnews.com/news/...

      ******

      Giuliani and Trump diverting tactics. “Don’t look at trump, look at this crap we made up”

      Go on and research all you want. It’s been done and done.

      NOW, contrast that with Trump pushing the head of Ukraine to investigate Biden.

      Contrast that to trump asking Putin to find Hillary’s emails.

      There is no comparison. One is kids of politicians making money in the environment they grew up in.

      The other is asking foreign leaders for help smearing their political opponents.

      One is rich boy world. The other is impeachable behavior.

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      Ken Burgess 

      6 months ago from Florida

      "What about the whistle blower and how it may impact Biden's elect-ability? what he did in the ukraine is not all that different."

      Probably a good reason to have a "whistle blower" implicate Trump.

      Funny how that works, Biden and his son collude with China, Biden conspires and strongarms Ukraine officials (Clinton had some doings there as well)… but the media will dog Trump with this BS while ignoring real and provable crimes by Biden.

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      MG Singh 

      6 months ago from Singapore

      Generally a good assessment. However I will add that Trump is also a realist. He has realized that America is not omnipotent and an attack on iran may well spillover to a world war and destruction of America. Give him credit for it.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      6 months ago

      What about the whistle blower and how it may impact Biden's elect-ability? what he did in the ukraine is not all that different

    • lovemychris profile image

      Leslie McCowen 

      6 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      They don’t need stealth technology. Trump talks on unsecured phones!

      “New York Times reported on Wednesday that Chinese and Russian spies have been routinely eavesdropping on President Trump’s calls to advisors and friends that he makes on an unprotected iPhone.”

      ——giving a big fat lie to the idea that cons care about national security.

      Of course, when he meets in private with Putin and rips up the notes, now that is stealth......against the American people!

      I can see him talking freely to the head of Ukraine, offering a bribe. Why should he care? He could shoot someone on fifth avenue and not lose votes.

      Look at him. He does whatever he wants, people don’t like it, they get fired.

      —-giving a big fat lie to the idea that cons hate tyrants. They love him.

      Bibi wants war, bone saw wants war. They both have given lots of cash to Trump. And so have they:

      https://lobelog.com/trump-has-a-259-million-reason...

      Money talks, trump listens. Otherwise, he’s brain- dead, imo.

    • peoplepower73 profile image

      Mike Russo 

      6 months ago from Placentia California

      Ken: I agree with you. They could have stealth technology, just like we do.

    • lovemychris profile image

      Leslie McCowen 

      6 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Remove Israel’s enemies from the area.

      Full Spectrum Dominance.

      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Full-spectrum_domi...

      Neocon New World Order. Add Putin, it’s Neo Nazi World Order.

      No brown people allowed. No Arabs, no Mexicans. No Muslims, no commie pinko f*gs.

      Pure Aryan Nation.

      (It’ll never happen, btw)

      I personally believe these are the Khazars......defeated by the Persians in 700 ad.

      Revenge is sweet.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      6 months ago

      How would the US benefit from this? or IDF?

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      Ken Burgess 

      6 months ago from Florida

      That is another matter entirely, Chinese made drones and other technologies are capable of getting around U.S. detection and deterrents, for the first time in over 50 years there is a country whose technology is surpassing Americas.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      6 months ago

      Well, for the first time, the IDF and SA are joining forces to conduct air operations, perhaps these will be directed toward Iran. If US radar could have picked the incoming drones and cruise missiles (which there is debate about) then there was a breakdown on the US part warn SA. Perhaps no US ships were in the range Ahvaz AFB where it is thought they were launched. Most of the SA defenses are facing the Yemen border.

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      Leslie McCowen 

      6 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      I just saw a leader in Iran....he asked “Who benefits from this? Not Iran. Iran doesn’t want war.”

      Who does?

      Don’t think too hard, it’s easy. “Oh, bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb Iran”

      https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/04/magazine/iran-s...

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      Leslie McCowen 

      6 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      @MIUWdeyo989

      “Putting my OS hat back on - Are we suppose to believe that that these drones/missiles that struck the Saudi Oil fields flew across the Gulf from Iran and not one US warship with AN/SPY-1 radar or the base radar in Riyadh tracked them...??

      Come on.”

      *******

      @Katnuss72

      “Thanks for saying it. I've been internally screaming this same thing.

      I was on a CVN in the Gulf in the early 90's, there's absolutely no way it wouldn't be tracked and verified.”

      *******

      @MIUWdeyo989

      “My boat was an older Destroyer we didn't have Aegis Combat System (AES) onboard. But our Mk 23 TAS and AN/SPS40 would have picked up an object the size of a basketball miles away. No way a drone could have breached our AO. “

      *******

      @MIUWdeyo989

      “Exactly no way anything got through the AES. 3 CGs can cover/blanket almost the entire gulf linking up with others in the AO to provide 360 deg of coverage.“

      ******

      False flag. Somebody wants uncle Sam to fight Iran. If not trump, then who?

    • lovemychris profile image

      Leslie McCowen 

      6 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Israel is certainly a terrorist organization if you are a Palestinian. Would you like to see what comes across my twitter feed?

      Maybe just maybe it will start to get better now that Beebs didn’t win the election.

      And I can believe certain factions would lie to trump. The military and intelligence services seem to have a life of their own.

      Sometime the president doesn’t know things......by design

      https://www.stuartwilde.com/2013/04/the-horrendous...

      And we most definitely aren’t told things.....by design. As that great line from then movie goes: “you can’t handle the truth!”

      So I don’t believe a lot. But, as David Icke says, the question to ask is qui bono? Who benefits?

      War w iran? Israel and Saudi Arabia.....both trump and kushner pals.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      6 months ago

      So much conjecture for sure! We may never know. So, if nothing is done but more sanctions that do little because of China, India, Russia economic deals that provide relief, then, if it happens again, maybe at UAE or Oman refineries, using similar weapons, still nothing but same conjecture? We don't know the actual proof, except for what the Saudis showed us, and it points to iran or their proxies with access to those weapons in yemen, in iraq, in lebanon, in syria. Do we argue the same when the same weapons are used from lebanon into Israel? No

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      Ken Burgess 

      6 months ago from Florida

      Mike,

      What if Trump is being lied to by his own Intelligence (CIA, DOD)?

      What if the Saudi's are?

      What I do know, is that if you go to war with Iran, you go to war with China and Russia as well. This has been the case for more than a decade, it isn't a new situation or one caused by Trump.

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      Mike Russo 

      6 months ago from Placentia California

      What if the Houthis are working with the Saudis to confuse the issue? The Houthis take credit for it and Iran denies that they had any involvement. I would think in this day and age, satellite pictures could show the launch points. But what if Trump is lying and just wants to blame Iran?

      The beauty of cruise missiles is they fly based on their programming. They could be programmed to fly from Yemen to north of Saudia Arabia to make them look like they were launched from Iran.

      There are too many unknowns in this game. Welcome to the 21st century.

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      Ken Burgess 

      6 months ago from Florida

      "Whether it is Iran or their proxies in Iraq, does not matter. The inaction other than sanctions shows just how paralyzed POTUS is. "

      "They are clearly Iranian cruise missiles. To deny this is just being foolish."

      Clearly you do not understand how our CIA and specialized black ops work, not to mention other nations like Israel or SA itself.

      There is certainly a lot of reasons for wanting to go to war with Iran, and we have been provoking and posturing for it for many years now.

      We are facing a potential global economic crisis the likes of which the world has never seen, this happens to coincide with the Chinese economy becoming greater than America's which has dominated for three quarters of a century, and technology advancing at such a pace its impossible to keep up with how these changes are impacting our world or what they mean for our future.

      So the probability that there are powers working to instigate a war between Iran and its allies, and Saudi and its allies are pretty good.

      And by that I mean China, Russia, Iran, Syria VS. America, Saudi Arabia and of course the UK.

      Trump avoiding that WWIII type of scenario doesn't seem like such a bad thing to me.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      6 months ago

      While it is true that the US does not need to repeat history (WMD in Iraq) unlike then, there is some physical evidence from the unexplored drones or missiles that missed their targets and GPS signatures showing the attack originated in from the north, not south where Yemen is. That said, some of the incoming is from either Iraq or Iran in Khusistan. There are not many actors that have the could and would mind set to attack SA. Whether it is Iran or their proxies in Iraq, does not matter. The inaction other than sanctions shows just how paralyzed POTUS is. Just because the Japanese state this, just means the info has not been shared. But SA has shown the results of physical evidence found. They are clearly Iranian cruise missiles. To deny this is just being foolish. Israel is not a terrorist organization in any sense of the word, unless you are a PLO member. But Hezbollah and Hamas truly are.

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      Leslie McCowen 

      6 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      “We are not aware of any information that points to Iran,” said Japanese defense minister Taro Kono.

      Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono told reporters Wednesday that he has not seen any intelligence indicating Iran was behind the attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities over the weekend, contradicting Saudi and Trump administration claims about the incident.

      “We are not aware of any information that points to Iran,” Kono said during a press briefing. “We believe the Houthis carried out the attack based on the statement claiming responsibility.”

      *******

      Duh!

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      Leslie McCowen 

      6 months ago from Cape Cod, USA

      And the neocons have wanted to bomb Iran since at least 2001.

      Who believes Iran made that strike? I don’t.

      Pompeo is an end times Christian and can’t be trusted to act on things in a normal fashion. He’s a fanatic.

      A bunch of fanatics, Islamophobes and greed-mongers are in charge of America...expect the worst.

      Imo

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      Mike Russo 

      6 months ago from Placentia California

      Leland, Leland, Leland: Bebe is a bully because he has bullied his way into the Palestinian territory. He has bulldozed Palestinian houses, made refugees out of them and replaced those houses with Israeli settlements. He even wants to do more in the Gaza Strip.

      During Persian Gulf 1, when we attacked Saddam in Kuwait, where did he fire his missiles? It was to Israel. During the invasion of Iraq, who do you think they were talking about when they said Saddam had WMDs and a threat to his enemies? It was Israel. What nationality do you think most of Bush's Neocons were? They were Israelis. Who's blood and treasure was spilled in Iraq? It wasn't Israel's, it was ours.

      Israel is one of the most terrorist countries in the middle east. Their size is not relevant as to what their military is capable of doing. We funded their Iron Dome defense system. Follow the money, my friend.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      6 months ago

      Until someone fires back at Iran in whatever form, Iran will continue pushing the envelope. Let SA have a shot at it, if they have the guts, which they don't.

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      Leland Johnson 

      6 months ago from Midland MI

      Mike, Mike, Mike. Let me remind you of something. Regarding your comment about Netanyahu being a "bully." Do you not realize that Israel is surrounded by hostile Arab/Muslim countries? It's not being a bully to stand up for your nation's rights as Netanyahu is doing, it's being tough, and he has to be tough to survive. Furthermore, neither the US or any other country on the planet has "defended" Israel in combat. Supported them financially and with weapons? Yes, we've done that for several countries, but never have Americans fought on Israel's behalf. (Just for the record though- I would) Israel DOES defend itself. This has been true from the War of Independence in 1948 right through the 6 Day War, the Yom Kippur War, and the current War on Terror. In fact, did you know that the IDF actually helps the US in the training of our Navy SEALs? This is what it means to have Israel as an ally. They help us, we help them. If you want to side with rogue nations and terrorists that's your prerogative. However, Israel and the US are the last great bastions of freedom and resistance to tyranny. It's sad that you don't see that.

      Finally, tiny Israel occupies 1/800th of territories in the Middle East. For a visual aide, imagine a match book on a football field. The match book, obviously, represents Israel. The rest of the field is all Arab/Muslim. Why don't you speak out against violent theocracies in the Middle East for a change instead of attacking our only democratic ally in the region with misinformation?

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      Mike Russo 

      6 months ago from Placentia California

      Great insight Perrya: Thank God Trump is afraid to attack any country because it could then escalate into a a full out war. What Trump doesn't understand is that his sanctions and tariffs mean that these countries can go elsewhere for their needs. We place tariffs on soy beans, China goes to other countries to get them and may never come back again. And as you stated, Iran and China are working together to keep the oil and gas flowing.

      Trump's economic nationalism policy is starting to show cracks, especially in the global market place. He is trying to isolate us from dealing with other countries, except Saudi Arabia and Israel. The only reason we are involved with defending the Saudi's from Iran is because of Israel. Why don't these countries defend themselves? Trump and Netanyahu are both bullies. Netanyahu comes here and talks to our congress and draws a red line that he wants us to defend him against Iran against their nuclear capability..

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