Oliver North has quite the resume for discussing current foreign affairs. The Colonel is a combat-decorated Marine and recipient of the Silver Star, Bronze Star of Valor, and two Purple Hearts. From 1983 to 1986 he served as the U.S. government's counter-terrorism coordinator on the National Security Council staff.

North has also authored eleven books that have all been New York Times bestsellers. The highly decorated veteran and author joined "Mornings with Ken and Bernie" today to discuss his new book, "Heroes Proved" and the current state of unrest in the Middle East.

Colonel North's latest novel "Heroes Proved" is a depiction of the threats we currently face in America. And though the book's themes may eerily reflect the recent attacks on the American embassy in Benghazi, North explained that the book was written long before the attacks took place, but with the knowledge that such an attack was on the horizon.

This is a book that starts with a terrorist attack that kills Americans, and a government that lies about the attack.

I started the book literally over a year and a half ago, and finished the book in Somalia in the Spring.

Colonel North revealed that the reason events in the book seem to mirror actual events so closely is because the events in the book are based on actual people and the experiences he lived through while serving as the government's counterterrorism coordinator.

For me it's personal. Islamic Jihad tried to kill my wife and children in real life. There's a conflict that occurs in this book that is deeply personal for me.

This is about people I know. I've had a very exciting life. All of the people in this book are real people.

You change enough of the dates times places and events, you can write it as a novel. That's what this book is.

When asked about the current Libyan crisis, the combat-decorated Marine warned the American people not to take the current state of affairs in the Middle East lightly.

Here's what the American people really need to know:

1. What was done in the days leading up to Benghazi?
2. What was done to prevent it
3. Was there really no assets available to save the lives of our ambassadors? And if not, why?

Colonel Oliver North will be visiting Books-A-Million in Lafayette Friday, November 30, at 11 a.m. His new book, "Heroes Proved" is currently available for purchase.

Listen to our entire conversation with Colonel Oliver North below: