Don’t tell the young machos they shouldn’t be macho. Instead, accept that their entire sense of self stems from their belief in their own machismo, and suggest that machismo is associated with good things, like “Not murdering everyone.”
Our own armed forces are pretty damned effective at associating masculine values with a life-affirming ethic.
For hundreds of years the chivalric code attempted to associate masculine values with Christian compassion and honor.
And killing Muslims. Don’t forget that, Ace.
You probably think the Wolves-Sheepdogs relationship is juvenile or something – I’ve noticed a lot of the more effete, elderly chin-waggers seem to scoff at such things – but if Obama really wanted to motivate young masculine males, he might urge them to join the cause of slaughtering the barbarian savages at the gates before they slaughter more innocents.
Just a suggestion.