Lessons in Leadership

Photograph by Peter Hapak for TIME

Joe Klein started talking to me about this week's cover story almost a year ago, when he had just returned from an embed in Afghanistan. He had been powerfully impressed by the young service members he had met and believed that they represented the very best of what America had to offer. He sought out veterans who had returned to the U.S. and began following their work. The skills they had developed in war seemed perfectly suited to fixing problems here at home. I do not think it premature to say that they are redefining leadership here at a time when...