I guess it's a good thing that the US media at the time spun the story as a victory for the Allies. The people back home couldn't take much more bad news. It was a victory in a way because the Germans ran out of gas but it was also an example of the worst intelligence failure in history. The Allies thought Germany was defeated and everyone was thinking about being home for Christmas (1944). What passed for military intelligence was asleep and the generals were busy planning Christmas parties. About 20,000 Americans were killed between 12/16/44 and 1/37/45.