Reading the various reports on yesterday’s (or does yesterday’s date mean anything anymore?) savage murder of Americans including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, it is not at all clear to me that this was a spontaneous attack motivated by an obscure anti-Muslim video.  Some analysts think the attack was a well-planned terrorist strike, with the video (and of course the First Amendment) being used after the fact as an “excuse.”

TRIPOLI, Libya — US officials are increasingly suspicious that the murder Tuesday of the US ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other American officials was not the result of a protest against an anti-Islam film, but instead was a coordinated terror strike timed for the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

A senior administration official told Fox News they are exhaustively investigating every angle of the attack in Benghazi, and an earlier assault on the US Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, but there are early signs the Benghazi assault may have been planned. The official cautioned, though, that the administration has not jumped to any conclusions about what happened, saying it would be “premature” to do so.

But current and former US lawmakers, and others, claimed Wednesday that the attack looked like a coordinated strike.

“Absolutely, I have no doubt about it. It was a coordinated, military-style, commando-type raid,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers told Fox News. Based on his own briefings, Rogers said “military movements” were involved.

“This was a well- planned, well-targeted event. No doubt about it,” Rogers said.

Earlier reports said the Americans were killed when a mob of protesters and gunmen overwhelmed the US Consulate in Benghazi, setting fire to it in outrage over a film that ridicules Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.

Whatever the reasons and whoever was behind it, the attack does not strike me as the work of a mob retaliating over a video.

Like the attack on the U.S.S. Cole, this was a military style attack on the United States, and it deserves a military response, not a lame apology for our First Amendment.