REM's have hit out at American president George W Bush's "dangerous" view
of the world.
Bassist Mike Mills insists the leaser has a Machiavellian approach to
world politics - where the interests of those closest to him take precedence
over the interests of everyone else.
Mills says, "The problems are legion. He (Bush) has a simplistic black and
white view of society. You're either good or you're evil.
"He thinks he can kill all the terrorists. He doesn't really care about
anything but taking care of his friends and he's surrounded himself with right
wing ideologues and people whose world view is, I think, very dangerous."
Guitarist PETER BUCK adds, "I think the Bush presidency is a disaster in
"Environmentally they've rolled it back to the good old days of the
fifties when you couldn't swim in the Great Lakes and you couldn't breathe in
Los Angeles. That probably would've been enough to get us out."
As for the invasion of Iraq, Buck adds, "But because we've destabilized
that country we're going to have to have soldiers there for the next ten years.
And there are going to be people dying - American and coalition troops and
"Not to mention the billions of dollars we're going to p*** away on that
country when most Americans don't have health care."