Published November 03, 2011
WASHINGTON – The actor who once declared "greed is good" is telling Congress to remain generous with foreign aid.
The 67-year-old Oscar-winning actor told reporters, "People don't really take the time to understand just how important diplomacy is: It takes a long time. It's quiet. But it certainly is a lot cheaper than a war."
Douglas, who campaigns against atomic weapons for the U.N. and the anti-nuclear group Ploughshares, conceded disarmament efforts have bogged down since a U.S.-Russian nuclear arms reduction treaty took force in February. President Barack Obama also supports a global ban on nuclear testing, but that treaty lacks sufficient Senate support.
Douglas won an Oscar for Best Actor for his 1987 portrayal of tycoon Gordon Gekko in the film "Wall Street."