For a bigger version of this Washington Post photo, click here. Apparently, that was the outfit she was wearing Wednesday when she arrived at Wiesbaden Army Airfield in Germany.
The photo on the front page is even more startling. Check out the reactions on those soldiers' faces.
The Style section had an article analyzing the ensemble:
Rice boldly eschewed the typical fare chosen by powerful American women on the world stage...The story pointed out what she didn't wear: a predictable conservative suit.
Rice looked as though she was prepared to talk tough, knock heads and do a freeze-frame "Matrix" jump kick if necessary.
Rice's coat and boots speak of sex and power -- such a volatile combination, and one that in political circles rarely leads to anything but scandal....
Rice's appearance at Wiesbaden -- a military base with all of its attendant images of machismo, strength and power -- was striking because she walked out draped in a banner of authority, power and toughness. She was not hiding behind matronliness, androgyny or the stereotype of the steel magnolia. Rice brought her full self to the world stage -- and that included her sexuality.
Do you think she has an eye mask...and maybe a little riding crop to go with it?
Update: I fixed the link. For some reason, it was directing people here. I admit that it was funny...but 100% unintended.