I agree that “incompetent” is exactly the wrong word to describe Steve Bannon. Bannon imagines himself as a Manichean turner of the wheels of history. He is obsessed with the Strauss-Howe Generational Theory and believes that he is the one who will cause the “Fourth Turning” by triggering a crisis (read: total war) against the heathens of the world.
Yes, you read that right. He has consistently stated publicly in video interviews that his ultimate goal is to declare a series of holy wars to secure power in the long term for the alt-right.