Washington (CNN)Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey says the Guantanamo Bay prison should be closed, but dozens of the prisoners now being held there would still need to be detained somewhere.
Dempsey: Gitmo a 'psychological scar'
In an interview on "Fox News Sunday," Dempsey said the detention facility in Cuba "does create a psychological scar on our national values. Whether it should or not -- it does."
"We're going to come to a point, though, where we've got dozens of these individuals who just have to be detained, and we've got to figure that out," he said.
President Barack Obama's recent spate of executive actions on immigration, Cuba, emissions, Iranian nuclear talks and more have spurred speculation that he could also act to carry out his 2008 campaign pledge to shutter the Guantanamo Bay facility.
The Obama administration has released some of the detainees and transferred others to foreign countries. But Congress has blocked Obama from moving them into supermax prisons in the United States.
Asked what should happen with the remaining detainees, Dempsey responded: "Isn't that a fair question for our elected leaders?"
"There's going to be dozens of these individuals that have to be detained," he said. "Our elected officials need to find a way to detain them."